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

Morgan admits England deserved to lose after shock defeat to Scotland

Morgan admits England deserved to lose after shock defeat to Scotland

Here in this slider, we take a look at five player battles which could determine the result of the match and the series as a whole.

"History says Australia have always produced really good cricketers, so it will be a really tough series".

"We didn't play anywhere near to our best", said Morgan.

Captain Steve Smith and deputy Warner received year-long bans for the ball-tampering that stunned Australian cricket in March's third Test against South Africa.

"From what I have read, we are not expected to trouble them too much".

"To score three on the bounce is really pleasing considering 12 months ago people were questioning whether I should be playing or be opening the batting or be in the middle order", he said.

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

Paine will look to the experience of Aaron Finch - who has scored five of his 10 ODI hundreds against England - and Glenn Maxwell (despite a run of poor form), as well as players such as Lyon and Shaun Marsh who have been on previous Ashes tours of England.

'We're delighted to be working with Cricket Scotland and to have Calum, Safyaan and Grant on board for our Vitality Blast campaign, ' said Derbyshire cricket advisor Kim Barnett. We'll be judged exclusively on our actions going forward. "Every time we've played against Australia, the side we've come up against has played hard, tough cricket, so we'll expect that as well".

"Words are words, come Wednesday, it's time for us to act on those words and show it by actions". Even in this new era of toned-down sledging from Australia, it would be a surprise if England's stumble in Edinburgh wasn't given the occasional mention when the two sides meet.

The No. 13 side, Scotland, coming off heartbreak at the World Cup qualifiers produced a world-class performance to defeat the top-ranked England in a nail-bitter at Edinburgh on Sunday.

However, the Scots will have a second attempt against the tourists, with the teams meeting again on Wednesday.

Morgan added: "It's no good losing the lesson and the game, you've got to take something from it". It was the highest score in Scotland's ODI career, and the highest total England have ever had to chase, but Johnny Bairstow soon had the Scottish fans anxious.

"We know we're going to have to be at our absolute best".

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