Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik help Pakistan thrash Scotland in 1st T20I

Virginia Santiago
June 13, 2018

"A one-off game like this, to bring your best game is very hard to do, they played well and deserved the result", said Morgan.

Jonny Bairstow is braced for Australia to provide a real challenge in this month's ODI series as his England teammates look to bounce back from their humbling defeat to Scotland.

"I'm a bit of a cricket nuffie so I am always talking cricket and trying to help my teammates", Paine said.

"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", Paine said.

The 29-year-old MacLeod previously played for Warwickshire and Durham, finishing as their top scorer in Twenty20 cricket in 2014 with 358 runs at an average of 44.75, while he has spent the early part of 2018 in Hampshire's second XI.

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"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.

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.

Scotland's victory will send out a powerful message to the ICC, which voted to restrict the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams from the previous 14, which makes it far more hard for second-tier sides to qualify.

"We want more games".

"If the ICC and other global teams look at this game they will see we are not an add on".

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"This does not take away what happened in Zimbabwe and everyone's feelings about the ten team World Cup but this was a special day". This should be a catalyst for more games. "These days don't come around too often, we have to enjoy the occasion".

"We play our cricket pretty hard, positively, aggressively, so we'll continue to do that".

He added: "It's huge for Scotland. I'm not hugely disappointed about it because it was a good competitive game and that is all we could have asked for".

"We didn't do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus given the position we got ourselves in".

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