Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

How social media reacted to England's defeat to Scotland

How social media reacted to England's defeat to Scotland

Eoin Morgan admitted England deserved to lose after their humiliating defeat at the hands of Scotland in Edinburgh.

At the half-way stage, Scotland were in dreamland, having used a flat pitch and short boundaries to smash through all precedents and jolt ICC MRF Tyres No.1 ranked England. Otherwise this will be remembered by all involved in Scottish cricket just as fondly as the football win at Wembley in 1977.

This was an embarrassing reverse for 2019 World Cup hosts England ahead of their upcoming five-match home ODI series against Australia and a reminder of how Eoin Morgan's side have been undone in one-off games, such as last year's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to eventual winners Pakistan in Cardiff. He had to settle for an unbeaten 140 today, but could take comfort in the knowledge that, coming as it did against the almighty England, this might well rank as his best and most important.

Eoin Morgan is confident England can learn the lessons of their shock six-run loss to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday in time for a one-day worldwide series against Australia. Scotland's victory is being seen by the Australians as a timely boost before their new-look team takes the field at The Oval on Wednesday.

It became the first time in any one-day worldwide that four England bowlers had gone for more than 70 runs apiece, with seam and spin alike providing little threat.

He added: "It does not take away what happened in Zimbabwe and everyone's feelings about the 10-team World Cup but this was a special day". How they proved a point on Sunday.

"Twelve months down the line, to score five hundreds and three on the bounce, I am pleased with where I have gone". "We want cricket to be as popular as ever".

He said they had drawn additional inspiration from the involvement in their camp ahead of the match of Duncan Hodge, hero of the Scotland rugby team's Calcutta Cup win in 2000 when he scored all 19 of his side's win who is also a fine cricketer. Opening batsmen Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer got their side off to the ideal start, putting on 103 in quick time, matching each other shot for shot. It is a decision I made and one I have to live, I don't have any regrets.

Bairstow set a record by becoming the first England batsman to make three ODI centuries in successive innings but it was not enough to deny the Scots.

Even though Bairstow was to depart for 105 England were still cruising when they reached 220 for two in the 27th over but a catalogue of errors sparked by the needless run out of Joe Root was to prove England's demise. Not long after, Sam Billings, playing in place of the rested Jos Buttler, slapped a full toss to midwicket and David Willey, promoted to No.8 after a century for Yorkshire in England's domestic 50-over comp, top-edged to the keeper.

He added: "It's huge for Scotland".

And to think this was meant to be a warm-up.

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