Scotland v England, Only ODI, Edinburgh

Low-key start to World Cup preparation

Preview by Sahil Dutta

June 18, 2010

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June 19, 2010
Start time 10.45am (9.45GMT)

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Craig Kieswetter and Andrew Strauss in the nets ahead of England's first home one-day international of the summer, June 16, 2010
Andrew Strauss returns to partner big-hitting Craig Kieswetter at the top of the order for England © PA Photos
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Over recent years ODI series were routinely treated as the unwanted step-sister in an English summer. Whether tagged on to the end of a Test series - like the drab 6-1 thrashing after the Ashes last year - or stuck in the middle of the summer, too frequently England's one-day cricket was something to endure rather than enjoy. Then came the World Twenty20.

England's gung-ho approach, honed through the winter, came to perfect fruition as they bashed their way to their first success in an ICC tournament. While Scotland may be a low-profile opening to England's 14 ODI games over the next three and half months, the prospect of five pre-Ashes matches against Australia to follow has made each contest suddenly enthralling. From here on every move will be dissected and imbued unfairly with Ashes, and more significantly, World Cup significance.

It brings a welcome context to what Scotland will hope is a competitive tussle. For the Edinburgh crowd though, any sort of game would be a relief. Two years ago when the teams met for the first time rain was the ultimate victor, leaving England 10 for 0 chasing 156 in a reduced-overs fixture.

Since then Scotland have had a tough run. They failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup after losing to Ireland, Canada, and Afghanistan in the qualifying tournament in 2009 and disappointed again by missing out on a place at the World Twenty20, losing all their matches to finish bottom of Group A in the qualifiers.

Things, however, have improved elsewhere. They sit on top of the table, ahead of even Afghanistan, in the Intercontinental Cup, having just beaten Netherlands (though they narrowly lost the following ODI) and they will be keen to get one over their neighbours on home turf.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

Scotland LLLWL
England WWWWL

Watch out for...

Kyle Coetzer has sat on the sidelines for Durham in the Clydesdale Bank 40 this season and will want to prove that he can carry his first-class form into the limited-overs arena. He could be the anchor Scotland needs to build a score around.

Andrew Strauss returns to England's one-day side as captain and opener. In his absence England profited and he needs to prove that his brand of calm strokeplay has a place in the team's new testosterone-fuelled approach.

Team news

Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton will return alongside Coetzer after they were forced out with injury leaving Scotland to field four debutants in the defeat to Netherlands on June 15.

Scotland (possible) 1 Gavin Hamilton (capt), 2 Josh Davey, 3 Kyle Coetzer, 4 Richie Berrington, 5 Gregor Maiden, 6 Neil McCallum, 7 Douglas Lockhart (wk), 8 Matthew Parker, 9 Gordon Drummond, 10 Majid Haq, 11 Ross Lyons.

England have been experimenting against weaker opposition in the Test series against Bangladesh earlier this summer and their team could be dictated by how much they want to experiment again here. The top-order batting is settled but Ian Bell is back in the squad and could play if England feel Luke Wright is a place too high at six. The only other question is whether they opt for the extra spinner in Michael Yardy, and if not Ajmal Shahzad could be in the frame for a home ODI debut to add to his first cap he earned in Bangladesh.

England (possible) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Ajmal Shahzad, 11 James Anderson.

Pitch and conditions

The weather is rarely better than chilly in Edinburgh but the pitch could offer some runs if the new-ball threat is nullified.

Stats and Trivia

  • Hamilton, Coetzer, Neil McCallum and Ross Lyons are the only four survivors from the Scotland team that played the inaugural match against England two years ago.

  • Craig Kieswetter will take the gloves for the first time in an ODI after playing as a specialist batsman in his first three ODIs against Bangladesh.

Quotes

"It's always a challenge every time you play against sides like Scotland, as we found out in the World Twenty20 against Ireland"
Luke Wright is wary of the Celtic threat

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by PeterCook on (June 18, 2010, 20:57 GMT)

Luke Wright is not good enough for the ODI team, never mind to bat at 6

Posted by SettingSun on (June 18, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

Just waiting for all the whingers to come along and complain about all the foreign imports in the Scotland side. Any moment now....?

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 18, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

The thinking was that England were a batsman light in the ODI they nearly lost in Bangladesh. If that is the case Wright will bat at 7 where he has the freedom for an explosive innings. He still has a lot to prove with an ODI average of 23.

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Sahil Dutta Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.
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