Scotland news May 9, 2009

The new, tough Hamilton era

Cricinfo staff

Gavin Hamilton is only three weeks into his tenure as Scotland captain but, according to Glenn Rogers, the allrounder, his impact has been immediate.

"Gavin has taken us by the scruff of the neck and his approach has been tough, brutal and just what we needed," Rogers told The Scotsman. "As players we have not only looked at what we need to improve but also Gavin has got us putting down on paper so as to address things better.

"It's a big, big difference and more professional which is to be expected when drawing on the experiences of Gavin's career in pretty serious cricket with Yorkshire and England."

Hamilton was appointed Ryan Watson's successor immediately after Scotland's dismal show in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, in South Africa, in which they sneaked through to the last six by the skin of their teeth.

Scotland have begun their Friends Provident Trophy campaign in England in much the same vain, losing their opening three matches, but Rogers is excited by what Hamilton's experience can provide the team.

"We are drawing on the places he has been and against Kent this week, although we didn't win, we pushed them close enough for some of the locals to come up and remark on how tight the outcome had been."

Scotland's next fixture is against Somerset, at Taunton on Monday, where they will take on Justin Langer and Marcus Trescothick.