Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Calum MacLeod hundred powers Scotland to record 371/5 vs England

Calum MacLeod hundred powers Scotland to record 371/5 vs England

"We showed we were capable of this previous year against Sri Lanka and then to take the step up to beat a full England side, no 1 ranked in the world, is a massive statement from Scottish cricket".

However, England were undermined by a succession of soft dismissals after Bairstow holed out in the 18th over.

"Teams with massive potential like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland along with many others have to be given more opportunities to play against the more experienced teams".

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However, they suffered a middle-order collapse and the match ended with seven balls remaining when Scotland paceman Saf Sharif had England No 11 Mark Wood plumb leg before to seal a famous victory.

The 2019 World Cup hosts have just a few days to recover from a stunning one-day worldwide defeat before they face title-holders Australia in the first of a five-match series at The Oval on Wednesday.

Former Durham and Warwickshire batsman MacLeod said Scotland's first global cricket win over England was a "massive statement". "We want to be fearless enough to walk through the door and win games". "That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it", said MacLeod.

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"This does not take away what happened in Zimbabwe and everyone's feelings about the ten team World Cup but this was a special day". This should be a catalyst for more games.

Eoin Morgan's men are the top-ranked side in this format and, on a small ground with a flat pitch, Scotland's score did not look remotely safe as Jonny Bairstow thundered his way to 105 from 59 balls - becoming the first England batsman to register hundreds in three successive ODIs.

However, Agar, who'll play only his fifth ODI in Australian colours in the series opener at The Oval on Wednesday, said he's pleased the controversial opener is in the right head space again following the huge fall-out from the incident in Johannesburg in March.

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"Everyone just wants to listen to them talk and we can't get enough of them".

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