Sachin Tendulkar wants more opportunities for minnows after Scotland beat England

Mark Wood

Despite not wanting to read too much into a defeat that would not take away England's favourites tag from the five-match series, Agar was particularly observant of England's inability to close out the game despite a good stand between Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett.

"As a Scotland team we have looked at the way Afghanistan and Ireland have progressed and that has been on the back of beating full member teams".

"I'm really confident, feel like I'm bowling quite nicely especially with the white ball", he said.

The 2019 World Cup hosts have just a few days to recover from a stunning one-day global defeat before they face title-holders Australia in the first of a five-match series at The Oval on Wednesday.

The victory came in Scotland's first game since the associate nation was denied a place in next year's World Cup after the decision was made to cut down the number of participating countries from 14 to 10.

Scotland went into the game against England with a point to prove, and sealed a famous win in dramatic fashion, posting 371 before successfully defending the total in the penultimate over of the match and emerging triumphant by just six runs.

In the last series between the sides in Australia earlier this year England claimed a 4-1 win. "That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it", said MacLeod.

"If the ICC and other global teams look at this game they will see we are not an add on". It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

The arrangement could see further opportunities for cricketers north of the border to make their way into English domestic cricket at Derby.

"It was a really interesting game yesterday".

"We were miles off where we expect to be and didn't do enough to win", he said.

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. "To bring your best game in a one-off game like this is very hard to do but I thought they played close to their best cricket".

"I'm not hugely disappointed, it was a good competitive game which was all we could have asked for. For us it's good that England didn't win because you always want to start with a win".

"It's a hugely exciting summer", said Buttler, who is expected to return to the fold for Wednesday's first ODI at The Oval after being rested for Sunday's shock defeat Scotland in Edinburgh.

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