Kyle Coetzer to captain Scotland against England [Update Post #3]


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Oct 2, 2004

Published on 18/05/2013 12:00

NEW Scotland cricket captain Kyle Coetzer insisted his team had got it half right in the first of the weekend’s one-day internationals with Pakistan at Raeburn Place.

But an inability to build on a sound bowling effort that restricted the visitors to 231-7 from their 50 overs saw the Scots eventually fall 96 runs short and Coetzer admitted: “We had a bad day at the office with the bat.”

Scotland used only five bowlers throughout the Pakistani innings, such was the potency and penetration not to mention superb fielding summed up when Rob Taylor ran round the boundary to take a diving catch which dismissed Umar Amin.

Only once chance was missed – a sky-ed shot put down by Matt Machan and if Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq had not produced a captain’s knock of 78 not out on his way to man-of-the-match honours a first victory at this level over a leading nation could have beckoned.

It was not to be, though, and a disappointed Coetzer said: “We managed to pick up wickets and put a bit of a squeeze on them.

“In the second half we gave ourselves a platform (a half-century, second-wicket partnership) but got ourselves squeezed.

“We couldn’t get the ball away. Hopefully we can change that on Sunday.”

The turning point came when Josh Davey was caught behind for 20 and although Coetzer perished for 32, a rot set in.

“There was a turning point. The guys who were in were trying to rotate the strike but maybe needed to show a little bit more intent in that period.”

One early highlight was the three wickets for Scots spinner Majid Haq which took him past John Blain as Scotlnd’s leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals with 44 to his predecessor’s 41.

“It was a proud moment... but the result is more important.”

Haq was adamant a chance was lost.

“That was the best chance to beat a full member country in the time I have been playing.

“To restrict Pakistan to 231 on a fast ground took a huge effort.

“The second half was very, very disappointing especially after a good start from Kyle and Josh.

“To lose by a high margin was hugely disappointing.

“A score of 231 from 50 overs should be nowhere near enough. We just kept losing wickets.

“We haven’t got over the line yet whereas a team like Ireland have that experience.”

Referring to Scotland’s big rivals Haq added: “Ireland would have expected to win that match. We had to get a start and did. Then there was a huge collapse.”

In the field, Scotland showed a discipline and determination that touched new heights for those who had followed them at the Grange in recent seasons.

Pushing and proding the Pakistanis relentlessly was Haq who early in his stint saw Mohammad Hafeez caught at backward point by Josh Davey to give him his all-important 42nd victim and a further scalp was Asad Shafiq who took a swing and played across the line. That was typical of the lack of composure in the Pakistani ranks which Scotland did well to exploit although pride was to come before a fall and the 6ft 10in Mohammad Irfan consistently beat the bat with sheer speed that had the Scottish openers trapped like deer in headlights.

Irfan opened with a maiden and, without a run being scored, Neil Carter, promoted to the top of the order to strike a positive, aggressive, note played onto Juneid Khan to depart next over.

Coetzer and Davey repaired some damage but after the half century arrived in 12.1 overs it took 18.3 overs to post the next 50 runs. Also, by that stage Coetzer (32), Davey (20), Machan (11) and Moneeb Iqbal (8) had all departed. Indeed the Scots had become thoroughly bogged down especially Iqbal who was eventually run out leaving questions as to why, since he didn’t bowl albeit in an effective five-man attack which Coetzer said he had no need to expand, the Scots had preferred him to last weekend’s half century maker against Essex, Freddie Coleman. Home misery continued with Preston Mommsen being stumped off the classy Saeed Ajmaal and at the other end Juneid Khan carried on where the spinner left off having David Murphy and Majid Haq lbw with successive balls. That meant three wickets in three balls and to emphasis the point Rob Taylor, at the other end, had figured in three partnerships without taking strike,

At least Taylor, showing commitment, was able to contribute to a last-wicket stand of 23 with Iain Wardlaw that was Scotland’s second highest and pushed them to within 100 runs of the visitors’ winning total. But halfway through there was more than a glimmer of hope that the outcome could have been different only for those aspirations to be more smashed than dashed with 10.2 overs to spare.
“To restrict Pakistan to 231 on a fast ground took a huge effort.
Only by Scotland that would need a huge effort. If this is the case with Scotland, I'm afraid even India's bowling will wipe the floor with our batting.
Scotland have resisted making many changes to their squad for the one-day international clash with England on Sunday.

Northants all-rounder Tom Sole misses out after suffering a broken ankle playing for his club but their 15-man squad to take on Eoin Morgan's men at The Grange in Edinburgh includes the bulk of the party that travelled to Zimbabwe for the ICC World Cup qualifiers.

Kyle Coetzer will lead the side, which also features the in-form Dylan Budge and former skipper Preston Mommsen.

Brad Wheal, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Stuart Whittingham are all available in what could be a tricky bowling attack for England to face as they prepare for five 50-over games against Australia.

Head coach Grant Bradburn said: "This has been our toughest squad to select to date, in terms of having so many players knocking on the door with strong performances.

"There has been a lot of cricket so far this season and outdoor training has been intense, so the players themselves have had ample opportunities to sort out the current pecking order.

"It has been our desire to create competition in every skill set and the selections across the two squads will reflect that.

"It has been so encouraging to see new faces earn their place and confirm their readiness for International cricket with repeat performances in Regional Series and 'A' Team cricket."

Scotland squad: Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington (vc), Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Stuart Whittingham.
To conform with the ICC’s kit policy, England will wear their red IT20 shirt for Sunday’s ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh.

The policy states that teams must wear contrasting kits in televised international white ball cricket. Scotland’s principal ODI colours are navy, the same as England. When there is a clash, the visiting teams must change to a contrasting colour. England have opted to wear their distinctive red shirt normally seen in IT20 matches.

Eoin Morgan’s side will revert to their principal ODI colours when they host Australia in the five-match Royal London ODI series starting on June 13.


a) For teams participating in a televised bi-lateral ODI or T20I, it is necessary to be able to distinguish between the teams on the field of play. Teams are therefore required to wear contrasting coloured kit.

b) To be determined in advance of a series, the home team has preference in the choice of colour. The participating teams should agree in the respective MOU the colour of the kit the visiting team will wear if there is a clash of colour.

c) For televised ICC events, all participating teams will be required to provide for two different colour kits, except for the host country who has preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one colour kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event, the teams will be notified which colour kit will be worn in each match.
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Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland captain, is looking forward to giving the No.1 one-day international side in the world a good fight when England visit for a one-off match on Sunday, 10 June.

"It's going to be an unreal occasion for our guys and everyone who's involved," Coetzer, who will be playing his 50th ODI, told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Any game, whether it be football, rugby or cricket or any other sport, an occasion against England is going to be a pretty special day."

The fixture starts a busy few weeks of cricket for Scotland. They take on Pakistan for two Twenty20 Internationals on June 12 and 13, before travelling to the Netherlands for a T20I tri-series with the hosts and Ireland.

It’s an important period for them as they try to shake off the disappointment of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe earlier this year, when they came so close to making it to the main event in England before being thwarted by rain.

“We've really shown what we can do, especially coming off the back off of Zimbabwe,” pointed out Coetzer. “The guys are in a good place and we're looking forward to it.”

Last year, Scotland did well when Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka came visiting, and they’re hoping for more of the same against England, whom they last met at the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Speaking to The Independent, Coetzer added, “As players we want to play against the best in the world, people you’re watching on the TV all the time.

“There’s no reason why Scotland can’t be one of those nations. We’re full of exciting cricketers, full of quality and skilful players and we are in a position to challenge as well as we ever have done against some of these top nations.

“Look at us beating Zimbabwe last year, then beating Sri Lanka in an unofficial game quite convincingly. These are signs of huge progress.”

One of the players likely to make his international debut on Sunday is Dylan Budge. The 22-year-old grew up in England, but is eligible to play for Scotland because of his Edinburgh-born father.

Budge has been in great form with the bat in the two weeks leading up to the fixture, with three hundreds and three fifties across tournaments and teams.

“I have been in and around the extended squad for a while, but to now be working towards taking on England is quite surreal, but very exciting,” he told the Cricket Scotland website.

“The Scotland guys were very disappointed with the way the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe ended up back in March, but training has been great in recent weeks and everyone is buzzing.

“To have the chance to take on England and then Pakistan twice in the same week does not come around often and we want to make the most of it.”