Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts Test status hopes

Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts Test status hopes

Calum MacLeod played an innings to keep in mind to lead Scotland to a fantastic six-run win over England in their one-off one-day worldwide on Sunday and later called the result "a massive statement from Scottish cricket".

Scotland grabbed the opportunity of batting first and started to attack each and every bowler right from Mark Wood to Adil Rashid.

"I'm really confident, feel like I'm bowling quite nicely especially with the white ball", he said.

England rallied again, thanks to a 71-run eighth-wicket partnership between Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett.

England captain Eoin Morgan refused to view the shock loss to Scotland as a catastrophe and paid tribute to the underdogs after yesterday's
sensational six-run win in a high-scoring
thriller, writes Duncan Smith. 'We've been waiting for this for so long.

England arguably plumbed new depths at the last World Cup when they exited in the group stages with barely a whimper. It turned out to be a high-scoring thriller as Scotland posted a total of 371/5 in 50 overs and the visitors nearly reached the target but failed to cross the line against the powered Scotish line-up.

England and Australia now turn their attention to a five-match series starting at the Oval on Wednesday and Agar thinks the tourists, who beat Middlesex by 101 runs in their final warm-up match, can take advantage of any dent to England's confidence. Coetzer and George Munsey were off the blocks swiftly, showing an eagerness to surmount another big challenge. Bairstow set a record by becoming the first England batsman to make three ODI centuries in successive innings.

Scotland's victory will send out a powerful message to the ICC, which voted to restrict the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams from the previous 14, which makes it far more hard for second-tier sides to qualify. First of all, it's great for Scotland. But Bairstow was caught on 105, then a stupid mistake by Alex Hales saw England's Joe Root run out for just 29 with England on 220. Mark Watt finished on 3-55 off 10 overs.

Victory completed a notable double over England for the Sole family.

After losing the toss and posting a massive 371-5, Scotland held its nerve in the field and with the ball to clinch a thrilling one-day global with just seven balls remaining.

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