Shock loss to Scots will worry England, says Agar

Sports       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Sports by Sarfraz Ali | Published

With Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mitch Marsh and Patrick Cummins unavailable due to injury, Australia's fast bowling stocks have been severely tested.

England of course has problems of its own. There is no question they deserve to be No 1 in the world despite their loss to Scotland.

All five one-day internationals and the lone Twenty20 will be broadcast by the Nine Network.

England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the flawless warm-up for his players.

England one-day captain Morgan has agreed to the request, but only for the opening game of the five-match series.

SCOTLAND captain Kyle Coetzer says it is important for his players to enjoy the moment after their historic win over England.

Morgan has vowed England will approach the Australia series with "service as usual" on a sledging front - but promised his side will not touch on March's events.

But Paine concedes Australia must prove they are reformed characters. He has suggested he prefers the extra bowling option and Maxwell's poor form could leave him vulnerable if Finch takes a middle-order role.

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He smashed a superb century off just 54 balls and suddenly England were on top and cruising to victory. On the other hand, Scotland will be looking to upset Pakistan, the highest ranked T20I team when they take on the green shirts in the first of their two T20I today.

"It's a completely different challenge and a completely different team that we will be playing", Bairstow said.

Shaun Marsh looks set to miss out on the first ODI. While there are plenty of vacancies in the Test team, England's 50-over side nearly chooses itself with only one or two spaces possibly up for grabs.

"He just wants to atone for his mistakes and move on - I hope Australia gives all of them that chance". They broke the Kenya's 21-year-old record of 347 runs, which the latter scored against Bangladesh in 1997.

David Willey also got plenty of punishment in a return of none for 72 as Scotland, who were 200 for three after 30 overs, upped their run-rate to go well beyond 350.

It is the first time an English batsman has achieved the feat - only Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara has more with four - and it was his fifth ton in his last 16 innings.

Having notched hundreds in Dunedin and Christchurch, Bairstow hammered a 59-ball 105 against Scotland on Sunday.

During their ongoing tour of the United Kingdom, Pakistan won the one-off Test against Ireland and drew the Test series (1-1) against England.

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