Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts Test status hopes


Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts Test status hopes

The world's top-ranked ODI team, who play the first of five matches against Australia in London on Wednesday, were beaten by six runs in the 49th over after failing to pull off what would have been the second-highest run chase in ODI history.

Jonny Bairstow is braced for Australia to provide a real challenge in this month's ODI series as his England teammates look to bounce back from their humbling defeat to Scotland.

Derbyshire have undergone something of a Tartan invasion in fact, with Safyaan Sharif, the fast bowler whose dismissal of Mark Wood sealed the six-run win at the Grange, already on the payroll, having signed earlier this year.

"To be captain of the team is a huge honour and massive privilege, so I am just looking forward to getting into it on Wednesday", he said.

Morgan has vowed England will approach the Australia series with "service as usual" on a sledging front - but promised his side will not touch on March's events.

"The level of expectation has been high around the team for a while, it doesn't get higher than being number one in the world".

In a match of records, Bairstow's century was his third in a row - the first time an English batsman has done that - but his effort was in vain as England came up short.

File image of Scotland team who beat England. The addition of Sam Billings and Jake Ball as replacements for the injured Stokes and Woakes respectively should provide England with a good pool of players to choose from for the first encounter.

"I don't think we were far away, we go to a ground now that we know really well in The Oval, and we'll be up for the challenge".

Morgan accepted that Scotland had been fired-up for the game and out to make a point after narrowly failing to reach a World Cup which has been condensed to just ten nations by the ICC. "It is up to us now to build on it", he said.

"We didn't do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus given the position we got ourselves in".

All signs suggest England will continue to play high-wire one-day cricket - they did, after all, almost complete the joint-second highest ODI chase on Sunday - but they have had a painful reminder that the trapeze act comes with inherent risk.