February 22, 2007


Scotland confident of causing upset

Will Luke

Peter Drinnen, the Scotland coach, is confident his side can take advantage of an Australia side whose confidence is on the wane.

"In the one day game anything can happen, and if we get it together we are going to be very dangerous, even against Australia," said the coach, himself an Australian. "We have a game plan and hopefully we can stick to it.

"Our preparation couldn't have gone much better and I'm really happy with what we've got going on. All 15 players are good cricketers and can all do a job.

"We don't fear anyone at this World Cup - the last month's fixtures in one day cricket all over the world have been interesting to say the least, and we won't be losing any sleep over playing the world champions. We aren't going to the Caribbean to play exhibition cricket.

"Yes, we will be massive underdogs in the most difficult group, but I'm confident we will justify our place with the elite, and who knows what we could do? Nobody is getting carried away here and we know we've got jobs to do and we will be giving it everything to cause a shock."

Read the full interview with Drinnen and Craig Wright, the Scotland captain, at the Scotsman.


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Posted by Ben Barrett on (March 2, 2007, 6:59 GMT)

Best of luck Hoffy.If you and your team play to the best of your ability you can be proud of your effort no matter what the result.

Posted by Matt on (March 1, 2007, 11:24 GMT)

I was in Worcester to see Australia play Scotland in '99 World Cup. As an Aussie spectator, I say more power to cricket in kilts!

Posted by Warren Carne on (March 1, 2007, 7:27 GMT)

Yes Scotland have a few decent players, Dougie Brown, Gavin Hamilton (all ex England)not to mention Ryan Watson who has a decent enough international record, 80 on debut against Pakistan, but sadly i have to say Australia are gonna win it at a canter.

Posted by Kayne on (February 26, 2007, 1:45 GMT)

i wonder if peter drinnen made those comments before or after he realised gilchrist would be avaliable for the first match? he better hope scotland win the toss.....

Posted by Matty on (February 26, 2007, 0:23 GMT)

Aussies do not have a chance in this world cup. We are a shambles, overtrained and under prepped. However, we will overcome the Scots easily enough, but teams like NZ and England who have the wood on us, i wouldnt be so sure of a win.

Posted by vasudev on (February 25, 2007, 20:33 GMT)

australia may have lost a couple of games recently but so what that happens to everyone your supposed to win and lose they are miles better than south africa (number 1 in the world) lets say if scotland beat Australia Bermuda will win the whole tournamen. That scotland coach must have been drunk when he said those remarks

Posted by Sandy Smith on (February 25, 2007, 19:51 GMT)

The coach is not going to say anything but positives. If his team talk evolved around 'let's just do our best' then we'd get tanked even worse.

We are going to enjoy the occassion and hpe for the best. We ARE very well prepared and ready so we'll see how far that can get us. We are still at the acorn stage but if you are not facing these teams regularly then it's impossible to move on at a higher standard. All things considered we are a good side capable of troubling some of the bigger boys. It's just a pity that numbers 1 and 2 in the World are in our group.

Posted by Aisha on (February 25, 2007, 18:47 GMT)

Good Luck to the Scots. I look forward to watching the match against Australia ad if they can lose to Bangladesh, they can lose to Scotland. Anything is possible. My support is with Majid Haq (my cousin) and the rest of the Scotland squad. C'mon the Scots!!!!!

Posted by James on (February 25, 2007, 18:47 GMT)

As I recall, the Scots certainly caused the Aussies a few scares in their cup match in 1999. Gavin Hamilton's performances led to him being called up by England. Now Scotland have a much stronger side. The Aussies should win, but if they are as complacent as they were during their 3-0 thrashing by NZ, anything could happen...

Posted by noodles on (February 25, 2007, 13:14 GMT)

Then they'd be rolling up the haggis in a maple leaf while having a cup of coffee. ...and loving it.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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