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

Morgan admits England deserved to lose after shock defeat to Scotland

Morgan admits England deserved to lose after shock defeat to Scotland

Not even six months have passed since England were swept away by their Ashes rivals, a humbling 4-0 defeat Down Under showing the Test disparity between the two sides.

New Australia coach Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England.

England were unhappy about some of the on-field comments on their tour during the winter, but they have the opportunity to riff on Australia's pain (should they choose to) after the Cape Town ball-tampering affair that has ruled out Steven Smith - captain when the teams last met - and David Warner. One of them is likely to miss out when Stokes returns.

But Paine concedes Australia must prove they are reformed characters.

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Australia know they must build bridges across the cricketing world in order to fix reputations and trust. We're at No.1 in the world, so that gives us a huge amount of confidence.

We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more. We can't rest on our laurels.

"We've had a professional relationship with Dave for five years now we've always found him to be a pretty normal and humble bloke - he just wants to atone for his mistakes and move on".

But as they showed by getting so close to Scotland's mammoth total of 376, they boast great batting depth and regularly post scores in excess of 300.

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And few in the line-up can now boast the confidence of the wicketkeeper, reinstated into the Test team for last month's Pakistan series after an eye-catching period in the IPL.

"It was a really interesting game yesterday, good for us that England lost that game, great for Scotland as a country, and as a cricketing nation it's really exciting for them", Ashton Agar said.

"I'm not hugely disappointed, it was a good competitive game which was all we could have asked for". The Australian vice-captain has averaged 87.50 in ODI cricket across the past 12 months and passed 50 in five of his six innings (three 100s, two 50s) in that time. "It's no good losing the lesson and the game - you've got to take something from it".

"Trying to take the same mindset of scoring runs, although the elements of risk you take do vary slightly". "I have better understanding of the game and a better self belief". It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

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