Handshakes instead of sledges to kick off series between Australia and England

Handshakes instead of sledges to kick off series between Australia and England

"The level of expectation has been high around the team for a while, it doesn't get higher than being number one in the world", said Morgan, whose side now face a five-match one-day series against Australia starting on Wednesday.

Banned test cricketer and former vice captain of the Australian team, David Warner, has been signed by Nine to join the commentary team for the upcoming second one-day global (ODI) against England on Saturday June 16.

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.

Defeat raised fresh questions about England's ability to win one-off, winner-takes-all fixtures following last year's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan.

Paine was a stand-in captain that day but, having since taken over the captaincy full-time following Steve Smith's year-long suspension (to go with similarly lengthy bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft), the 33-year-old wicketkeeper is looking to do shake hands at the start of every series he leads - provided his opposite number agrees.

"To score three on the bounce is really pleasing considering 12 months ago people were questioning whether I should be playing or be opening the batting or be in the middle order", he said.

"I hit it nicely", said MacLeod, who plays club cricket for Bexley in England.

Morgan, however, accepted they had been well below the standard needed to win in what was their first 50-over match of the British season.


The game against Scotland obviously wasn't our best performance with bat or ball - we lost - but these things can happen.

"We'll be judged exclusively on our actions going forward", said Paine.

"I thought the way we played today we didn't deserve to win it, we might have scraped past and won but there are still quite a few mistakes made that we need to rectify".

Scotland missed out on a 2019 World Cup berth when rain ruined their game against Windies earlier this year in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Yes, it is a bit of a wake-up call and we know that coming up against Australia we've got to be better in all aspects of the game. This victory, however, gave Scotland a chance to poke a finger at the International Cricket Council's decision to cut the World Cup down to 10 teams.

Despite making a mammoth 371 for five, thanks mainly to Calum MacLeod's brilliant 140 not out, Scotland were in danger of defeat as England's Jonny Bairstow took advantage of a good pitch and short boundaries at the Grange to make 105. "That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it", said MacLeod.

"We didn't do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus from where we were", added the former Ireland batsman. This should be a catalyst for more games.

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