February 19, 2019

Scotland stuns top-ranked England 1st time in thrilling ODI shock

13 June 2018, 04:28 | Anna Jefferson

England's Eoin Morgan during the match against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday

England's Eoin Morgan during the match against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday

"We showed we were capable of this past year against Sri Lanka and then to take the step up to beat a full England side, no 1 ranked in the world, is a massive statement from Scottish cricket".

Hussain believes England - the No 1 ranked side in the world - have never had a better chance to win the tournament, but warns that they must stay "ahead of the curve" with their one-day cricket, and that the bowling reserves are perhaps a cause for concern.

England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the flawless warm-up for his players.

Paine was a stand-in captain that day but, having since taken over the captaincy full-time following Steve Smith's year-long suspension (to go with similarly lengthy bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft), the 33-year-old wicketkeeper is looking to do shake hands at the start of every series he leads - provided his opposite number agrees. Paine admits matters beyond the advertising boards are out of their control, but reminds his players they can affect how they are perceived as individuals and a team by going about their work on the field in the right way.

The former Durham and Warwickshire batsman starred with an unbeaten 140 as the Saltires claimed the biggest result in their history by beating England, who went into the game ranked number one in the world.

"I'm lost for words, I don't know what to say", Sharif told Sky Sports.

Morgan, however, accepted they had been well below the standard needed to win in what was their first 50-over match of the British season.

"It's about momentum and having had a couple of practice games and got a couple of wins, it's great for us".

But Bumble suggests there is no difference and that the two teams should just concentrate on the cricket.

Scotland's momentous victory came in their very first match since they were denied a place at next year's World Cup barely three months ago.

Scotland missed out on a 2019 World Cup berth when rain ruined their game against Windies earlier this year in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Scotland's victory will send out a powerful message to the ICC, which voted to restrict the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams from the previous 14, which makes it far more hard for second-tier sides to qualify. "We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more". That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it. "We were miles off where we expect to be and didn't do enough to win". It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

That should take nothing away from a Scotland side still bristling from their desperately unlucky failure to qualify for the World Cup and eager to prove they belong at cricket's top table.

Still, when Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow plundered 107 from the first two overs, it seemed it might be nowhere near enough.

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