Scots chosen to play England
Thu, Aug 14, 2008 12:51 PM
The Lloyds TSB Scotland squad to play against England on Monday August 18 in the first-ever competitive match between the two nations is announced today, and features six players with experience of the English county scene.
The 13-man squad will face England, in only their second one day match under new captain Kevin Pietersen, at the Citylets Grange venue in front of some 6,000 spectators, who will include Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond.
The squad is as follows: Ryan Watson (Forfarshire, captain); Gavin Hamilton (East Brierly), Kyle Coetzer (Durham), Navdeep Poonia (Warwickshire), Colin Smith (Aberdeenshire), Neil McCallum (Grange), Richie Berrington (Greenock), Craig Wright (Greenock), Calum MacLeod (Warwickshire), John Blain (Rotherham), Dewald Nel (Greenock), Gordon Drummond (Watsonians), Ross Lyons (Clydesdale).
"With all our players available bar the injured Goudie and Rogers, selection has been a difficult process with a couple of our players unfortunately missing out," declares head coach Peter Steindl. "Our aim is, quite simply, to be competitive. Being sport, we do, of course, harbour fond thoughts of creating an upset. But we must be competitive."
Scotland captain Ryan Watson said: "All the players have been looking forward to this game all season. I'm delighted that we have available all six of our current or former county players, and we are all determined to show what we can do."
"This is also the biggest match we have ever hosted," added Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith. "In all honesty, it would be a massive, massive shock if we were to win, but we want to put on a performance that shows our true worth as an emergent cricketing nation."
"Over the past 18 months or so, we have faced all the top Test playing nations except England, so this will be the final piece in that jigsaw."
There are fewer than 200 tickets remaining, which will be available for purchase through the Cricket Scotland website until tomorrow (Friday). Spectators are also advised that, because of the recent wet weather, the Edinburgh Academicals ground off Raeburn Place will NOT be available for car parking purposes.