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Scotland v Australia, Only ODI, Edinburgh

Finch, Marsh set up thumping Australia victory

The Report by Jonathan Coates

September 3, 2013

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Australia 362 for 3 (Marsh 151, Finch 148) beat Scotland 162 (Machan 39, Johnson 4-36) by 200 runs
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Aaron Finch tees off down the ground, Scotland v Australia, only ODI, Edinburgh, September 3, 2013
Aaron Finch peppered the boundary with seven sixes and 16 fours © Getty Images
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Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh shared an opening stand of 246 - the second-highest Australia partnership for any wicket in ODIs - in a clinical dissection of Scotland, who were beaten by 200 runs.

The pair erased Geoff Marsh and David Boon's Australia record of 212 for an opening partnership, made against India and a record that had stood proudly since 1986. That wasn't the only record to fall. Australia's 362 for 3 surpassed the 345 they scored against the same team, made here four years ago, and the 334 for 6 they made against Scotland at the 2007 World Cup.

In the field, the hosts were athletic and efficient, but their bowling was blunt. They didn't concede any boundaries for six overs, after choosing to field first. The score was 12 for no loss at that stage but Scotland simply couldn't stem the flow of runs that followed.

Finch didn't quite reprise the brutality of his world-record Twenty20 score in Southampton, but played impressively, waiting for the right ball and picking his spot. He may have set Twenty20 records last week but he only had 107 runs from seven ODI innings before the trip to Edinburgh. On 24, he advanced to Majid Haq's second ball of the day and was beaten. To the bowler's dismay, the ball also deceived Northamptonshire wicketkeeper David Murphy.

At the other end, Marsh did not look comfortable for a long time and struggled to adjust to the lack of pace in the pitch; but the batsman grew in confidence after punching offspinner Haq for two fours in consecutive overs.

Few will remember those early difficulties when scrutinising the scoreboard in years to come. It took Marsh 87 balls to get to 50, but 61 deliveries later he had 150. He struck 16 fours, the same as Finch, and five sixes to Finch's seven in a display of breathtaking acceleration.

Gordon Drummond, who combined with Iain Wardlaw to make life difficult for the Australia batsman at the start, was the only bowler other than Haq to manage finish with respectable figures as Scotland tried in vain to build confidence for their final World Cricket League Championship matches in Belfast later this week.

Australia's strategy was simple: build the run rate from five an over to six and seven, keep wickets in hand and then go ballistic. When the Powerplay was called after after 33 overs, Wardlaw came back on with Finch 108 and Marsh 62 and the score at 181 for no loss.

It was civilised carnage from then on, at least until the 48th over when Wardlaw had Marsh and Shane Watson caught off successive deliveries by Gordon Goudie in the deep. In those 15 overs, Australia added 166 runs. The first wicket went to Haq, as Finch mishit a big shot, but the batsman's departure did nothing to slow the scoring.

The two young Scotland openers, Freddie Coleman and Hamish Gardiner, came out to bat under a warm sun and dropped anchor in a steep chase, and soon Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay had a wicket apiece.

Matt Machan, who has impressed this season for Sussex, constructed an attractive 39 before holing out and Preston Mommsen, Scotland's captain in the absence of Kyle Coetzer, was run out attempting a single.

Faulkner deceived Berrington with a ball out of the back of his hand and Fawad Ahmed claimed his first ODI wicket as Scotland laboured to 162 all out in 44 overs. Johnson picked up the early wicket of Coleman and then came back to dismiss three tail-end batsmen in successive overs.

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Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

Yes every country has their day in the sun's our turn at the moment but there is light at the end of the tunnel ....India on their tracks are very tough ...Come to Australia India love seeing your great oneday batsmen hop around ..Kohli very average out here ...

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (September 5, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Handy tons from 2 young Aus batsmen. Got few more OD games against supposedly 'better' opposition and Ashes rivals for these and a few other Aus young batters to add to their 100s tally vs the Eng bowling .And with a lot of batting places at grabs in Aus' batting ordes for home Ashes there's a good chance we see a rash of triple figs. from these young bats in upcoming ODs v Eng.Oh,and off course the 1 brilliant game in series from Watson off course .And against this Eng bowling it can be anything from 170 or 230 on Watson's good day .

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

I think you needs to be reminded that Tests are a different ball-game altogether compared to the ODIs. Without good performances over 5 days, good teams can't win tests. Not the case with ODIs where even minnows can upset big ones. And to get back to india's so-called famous WC victory, india lost to SA, only managed to draw level with Eng. The only good team that you beat was Aus. After that, it was more of a subcontinent challenge. So just 3 games and india has won !! Probably is this reason why your board seems to have put pressure on ICC to have a similar format for WC 2015 ? Because the last time I checked, with the tougher Super 6 formats, your team except on one occasion got flogged and were hardly competitive.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

We all know that this is a Minnow so if you can't score runs against minnows, you'll never get a game. A century against a minnow means nothing compared to a century against the no.1 team in the world.

Posted by smudgeon on (September 5, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

I still think the respective boards & ICC have missed a trick here - an ODI tri-series between England, Ireland, and Australia following an Ashes series is a delicious prospect, and one certain to attract genuine interest and a following if it were to happen on a regular basis - and more meaningful ODI series are what's good for the format, right? To the topic at hand, I'm going to say well done to both Marsh & Finch for fine knocks, but keep a bit of a lid on it, lads: Scotland aren't the highest quality opponent, and success of this kind should be tempered with the reality that England are going to be a much tougher proposition - obviously! I feel for Scotland, because having opportunities like this are a great experience and reality check, but unless they happen more often (in the form of more frequent games against the top tier, in addition to regular associate-level cricket), anything learnt is lost.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (September 5, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

Steven Back; Id suggest you take a look at Mitchell Johnson record. Both one-day and test cricket superior to Stuart Broad. Has been man of the series in a test series victory in South Africa. I'm sure even Jimmy Anderson would love to do something like that.

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

@steve-- yes mate it was a present surprise seeing johnson bowling so tight. then i realised its only scotland. by the way where is kerrigan these days?? learning to bowl again from scratch? isnt he best domestic bowler in england? tough days for english cricket in near future. when jade dernbach is ur best t20 bowler (as shown in recent series )then u know u are up against it .

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

@praspunter -- india won wc undefeated in not 1 or 2 or 4 matches. they won everybody they faced and all odis didnt happened on same day.australia must be very unlucky to lose 7 tests out of 9 in last 2 tours and total number of days of losing comes out to be 7*5= 35. wishing them all the luck to atleast win one day.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (September 4, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

A win is a win, even if it is Scotland. You can say "it's only Scotland," but what else can you do? You try and win every match you play regardless of the opposition. I guess it stems from the fact that people want to kick Australia whilst it's down. If they win the ODI series it will be "England rested their players."

In the end the results are what count, but even luck hasn't been on Australia's side either having not won a test match in 9 tests, but playing the top sides on their home turfs with a young rebuilding team, what more do you expect? For the last 8 months or so and with another 8 to go, Australia has almost exclusively played, and will continue to play the top 3 sides in the world home and away, terribly hard to win that with an inexperienced team.

I just hope the team comes out of this 15 month period, stronger and better and there is no better way to announce their return by winning the worldcup in 2015. If things aren't looking up then, they probably never will.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

A momentous occasion has just happened, everyone! Mitchell Johnson went for less than four an over! Hold the front page!

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

@gsingh7, could well be true. But as far as ODIs are concerned, it is more of how lucky a team is on the particular day. Even lesser teams can win ODIs and perhaps WCs. Ex WC 2011.

Posted by DylanBrah on (September 4, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Australia's ODI team is much better than the Test team. I think they are the favourites in this series, especially with England resting some key players.

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 4, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

scotland is an amateur team . next challenge for aus is odi series against england in england and vs india in india. if we go by test series than aus will do well to win atleast one odi on either tour. but i dont think aus will even show up in odis like their test teams. all bets on england and india to win series with big margins.

Posted by hycIass on (September 4, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@DanielSimpson well said mate

Posted by   on (September 4, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

It's hard to appraise the innings of marsh and finch against Scots . And still think maddo and burns will come the side within a year so is callum.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@AKS26 Marsh has a FC average of 35 and dropping based on his part three seasons... Hodge and Rogers both have averages of around 50... Wait for Marsh's batting to get anywhere near those realms before thinking he's been treated the way they were...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 4, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

A rare win against lowly Scotland is something to cheer about, but considering it's the only thing to cheer about in Aus cricket things clearly are on the bottom rung of the ladder.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (September 4, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Lets keep this win in context, it is Scotland, lets talk up players when they score against England which i am sure some will, should be a good series

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 4, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

I thought Scotland did quite well with their batting, given they are amateurs.

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 4, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

ha shaun beat his old mans record. brilliant stuff. England will be a slightly tougher assignment but not that much tougher and if Australia play somewhere near their best they wont notice a difference in the quality of their opponents. should be a fun ODI series for Australian fans

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@hhillbumper , no body has opened up yet on those terms about how we will be back to the top after beating the Scotts. But you know what, there is always the wary feeling among the other teams about us , given what we did to them for a good 15+ years or so. So don't be surprised if we are back to what we used to be. God bless Aus !!

Posted by disco_bob on (September 4, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Good to see MJ amongst the wickets.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 4, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

This result wasn't unexpected. While I'm quite confident that England are capable of beating Australia, I do think that Australia are more likely to punish a weaker opponent than England are. I guess the major issue with this result is that, as a warm-up for the series against England, it didn't provide any of the batsmen, other than Finch and Marsh, with much of an opportunity. I wonder whether any of the others were secretly hoping that the openers would get out after reaching their fifty.

Posted by pmahone on (September 4, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

And, at the end of the day, who cares?

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

Maxwell is a number 8 if we aren't playing a proper spinner, he is in our t20 team just. Maxwell is not quality enough to push out anyone in the current team.

Posted by PFEL on (September 3, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

Against Scotland this team is fine, but you need finishers to bat in the last 10 overs and Maxwell is game-changer. He's still very young and already won games for Australia.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (September 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

The Australian teammates look like they are extremely happy when Fawad bowls well/ gets a wicket. I guess they really do want him to succeed in the national team. This is a very nice thing to witness when they are happy for each other!

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (September 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

The Australian teammates look like they are extremely happy when Fawad bowls well/ gets a wicket. I guess they really do want him to succeed in the national team. This is a very nice thing to witness when they are happy for each other!

Posted by popcorn on (September 3, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

This guy can play! Aaron Finch,the new Opening Star!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

As a Brit I am not happy with the state of Scottish cricket. Its death over the years has been a sorry spectacle. I wish Scottish cricketers all the best but urge them to raise their game - it is a problem with bad management? Lack of talent? Poor cricketing infrastructure? I just don't know.

Scotland has produced some quality cricketers during its history - Mike Denness, Ian Peebles, John Blain, even Douglas Jardine had Scottish roots. Let's start seeing more of them please.

Posted by hhillbumper on (September 3, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

come on lets just all say it.This Aussie team is world class and potentially they will win the next world cup without breaking sweat.I mean they have now beated Scotland so we know they are on the way back to the top.As for Finch he is the new Gilchrist.

Posted by jackthelad on (September 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Tell you what, this Finch is looking seriously good, at least in the shorter forms of the game - why on earth have Australia been fooling about with no-hopers when they've got an opener like this making the Ribena?

Posted by Thefakebook on (September 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

I agree with xtrafalgarx,my only disappointment is Tim Paine should have been the next keeper behind Haddin Wade is not 2nd choice for me!Maxwell slogging is fit for T20s in ODI he can only be used as a bowler who can slog 20 from 15 and bowl 4-5 overs!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx: I agree with you - Maxwell usually briefly threatens but then gives his wicket away. He's a bit like Luke Wright as well - tries to overhit each delivery without timing it, and ending up scuffing the ball along the ground.

Aaron Finch to me looks a very good short-form player. Very exciting to watch, but it did surprise me to find that his first-class average is sub-30. Nonetheless, I think the up and coming one-day series could be a little closer than I initially thought - I thought at first we would get whitewashed by Australia. We may still do, but hopefully not...

Posted by AKS286 on (September 3, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Very good to see S.Marsh in action. Although he is the next Brad Hodge or Rogers in Test selection, Again Clarke is failed to score runs he must be dropped from ODI side.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

maxwells main problem is he seems to think u need to hit the ball out of the stadium to get 6

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (September 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

PFEL, thank god you're not a selector. Those three you mention have scored hundreds at this level and average 40 and above. Maxwell can't even middle a single shot, and doesn't use his head at all. Not a first choice selection is Maxwell.

Posted by PFEL on (September 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

I think Glenn Maxwell has to play for Aus in the first choice ODI side. He's just got too much match winning potential to be left out for the likes of Marsh, Voges, Bailey etc.

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