In front of a sell-out crowd, the home side are eager to upset the No.1 ranked ODI side.
Scotland v England
Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh
Sunday 10 June, 10am GMT, 11:00am local
“It is something that doesn't come around very often.”
Kyle Coetzer can say that again. England are set to clash with Scotland at the Grange in Edinburgh on Sunday 10 June, and they’re easily the strongest visiting side to play at the venue in recent times.
But given Scotland’s recent performances in the format, the hosts have real reason to believe they can pull off something special.
A year ago, Scotland beat Zimbabwe at the Grange – it was their first ODI win against a Test nation. They then beat Sri Lanka in an unofficial 50-over game. At the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, they drew against Zimbabwe again and also saw off Afghanistan.
In fact, had it not been for an agonising loss to the Windies in a rain-hit match, this clash against England may well have been a dress rehearsal for the World Cup next year.
And, of course, adding to the occasion is the history. "Any game, whether it be football, rugby or cricket or any other sport, an occasion against England is going to be a pretty special day,” Coetzer said. "Our guys are ready and raring to go. Obviously, there'll be a great atmosphere in the ground because it's fully sold out.”
Unfortunately for Scotland, they will be without Tom Sole, the off-spinner, who broke his ankle on club duty. Despite that, the Scotland coach, Grant Bradburn, said there were struggles to pick an XI, with many players in form and in consideration.
"This has been our toughest squad to select to date, in terms of having so many players knocking on the door with strong performances," he said. “Quality players have missed selection and are gutted not to feature this time, which is a strong sign of the depth that is evident now through the new regional structure and performance academy.”
As for England, the No.1 ranked side on the MRF Tyres Men’s ODI Team Rankings, there are a few injury concerns. Both Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were ruled out of the match, with hamstring and quad injuries respectively, and Jos Buttler has been rested.
To conform with the ICC’s kit policy, we will wear our red IT20 shirt for Sunday’s ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh! 🏴🏴 pic.twitter.com/M8bZ3JoVyz— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 5, 2018
That means the likes of Jake Ball, Dawid Malan and Sam Billings have been included, and could feature in the match. It will provide the side a good challenge before the limited-overs series against Australia a few days later.
The last time these two sides met, at the 2015 World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand, England won by 119 runs.
However, Alasdair Evans, the paceman, was bullish. "If we play to the best of our ability and we back ourselves, there's absolutely no reason why we won't come out on top,” he said.
Kyle Coetzer (Scotland): The Scotland captain will be playing his 50th ODI on Sunday, and he is sufficiently revved up. “It will be a special occasion walking out against the Auld Enemy and for that to be my 50th makes it even more special,” he said. He’ll be particularly determined to mark the occasion with runs.
Jason Roy (England): The opener scored a brilliant 180 against Australia in Melbourne in January, but has since failed to cross 50 in eight ODIs. However, in four outings for Surrey in the One-Day Cup in the last few days, Roy managed 86 and 68, and will be hoping to carry that form over to the international arena.
A sold-out crowd at the Grange might be disappointed given the weather forecast is for a rainy, dreary Sunday. The overcast conditions might look good to the pacemen, though.
📹 | Behind the scenes footage with @AliEvans647 as he goes behind the scenes at the @GrangeCC ahead of the sold out @Specsavers ODI against @englandcricket on Sunday. #ScovEng#followscotland 🏴🏴 pic.twitter.com/Qy8iqvO7V8— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) June 8, 2018
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Stuart Whittingham.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
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