Scotland February 22, 2007

Scotland confident of causing upset

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

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.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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!

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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.....

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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!!!!!

  • testli5504537 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...

  • testli5504537 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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