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Scotland secure historic win over England despite Jonny Bairstow's heroics

Scotland secure historic win over England despite Jonny Bairstow's heroics

When Mark Wood became the last man to fall with England just six short of Scotland's mammoth 371 for five this picturesque ground erupted and a piped version of Flower of Scotland rang out amid jubilant scenes.

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 global series against Australia.

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"I reckon it is up there", he said.

Morgan, however, accepted they had been well below the standard needed to win in what was their first 50-over match of the British season.

"We have probably won games recently we didn't deserve to win and lost games we might have thought we were in the hunt to win", he said.

It is barely three months since they were at a low ebb after seeing their World Cup dreams dashed by bad weather and an umpiring call, rubbing salt into the wounds after the ICC chose to cut the number of participating nations at next year's tournament.

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This is a cricketer who once played for Warwickshire and Durham but had to stop bowling because of a suspect action and has most recently been plying his trade for Hampshire's second XI and for Bexley in Kent.

"You have a couple of really good players who aren't in the mix at the moment, having said that, we do have a really versatile squad, an injection of youth which is always helpful, so there's a lot of energy and a lot of players who are really believing in themselves at the moment".

Scotland missed out on a 2019 World Cup berth when rain ruined their game against Windies earlier this year in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

"Everyone just wants to listen to them talk and we can't get enough of them". This victory, however, gave Scotland a chance to poke a finger at the International Cricket Council's decision to cut the World Cup down to 10 teams. "That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it", said MacLeod.

That should take nothing away from a Scotland side still bristling from their desperately unlucky failure to qualify for the World Cup and eager to prove they belong at cricket's top table. We've got to take every game as it comes, they'll all be tough games and we've got to be prepared for that. It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

England looked to be in the box seat to chase down a record score of 371 after getting past 100 without losing a wicket inside the first 10 overs, and Jonny Bairstow's 54-ball century - his third in a row in ODI cricket - looked as though it had broken the back of the chase.


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