Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts Test status hopes

In a spin Agar hopes England’s confidence suffered a dent after defeat by Scotland

In a spin Agar hopes England’s confidence suffered a dent after defeat by Scotland

But England's weakness is their bowling and even a reduced Australia team here at the moment has the potential to make some very big scores over the rest of this month in a five match series that starts at the Oval on Wednesday.

"I would like to extend my thanks to Grant and Cricket Scotland for supporting this new partnership, and we hope it can help all parties".

As a native Irishman Eoin Morgan, the captain of the beaten side, was meanwhile well placed to assess what the result meant for the home team and acknowledged that the better side had won on the day.

Despite their lofty status, England go into the game after a shock six-run defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh and will be without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and key bowler Chris Woakes. The side led by Sarfraz Khan dominated with the bat as they put on a massive total of 205 for Scotland to chase.

"We showed we were capable of this past 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".

With Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mitch Marsh and Patrick Cummins unavailable due to injury, Australia's fast bowling stocks have been severely tested. Australia have attempted to draw a line under the controversy but captain Tim Paine and new head coach Justin Langer have insisted that Australia will continue to sledge on the field.

Maxwell has scored just one and three in his visits to the crease against Sussex and Middlesex last week and had a lean IPL campaign where he averaged just over 14 for the Delhi Daredevils. To begin with, it was their opener pair of skipper Kyle Coetzer and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Cross who took Scotland off to a superb start with the first-wicket stand of 103 runs.

"He's fearless. His strengths are when he hits the ball down the ground".

"I can't talk about it any more to be honest, we've talked about what's acceptable from our team and what people are saying from outside our team doesn't really matter", said Paine.

"I can see us getting there in the next couple of years", Tony Brian, chairman of Cricket Scotland, told the BBC. The likes of Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye will also pose the threat to the opposition with variations up their sleeve as Ashton Agar is likely to be the lone spin bowler preferred ahead of Nathan Lyon.