Yahoo UK and Ireland – In being the victim of the greatest result in Scotland’s cricket history, England have received a timely reminder that they are not invincible.

Summary

  • Eoin Morgan was right when he said that defeat was not “the end of the world” but perhaps this was the wake-up call England needed; they are a damn good side who had won six series on the spin but are still prone to bad days at bad times, like last year’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat by Pakistan in Cardiff.
  • This was some way for England to toast their first game at the top of the ODI rankings.
  • For the first time in England’s history, four of them went for 70 runs or more.
  • Even Bairstow’s 54-ball hundred was a reminder to the batsmen to get greedier; England’s first ODI double ton — which would surely have brought victory — was there for the taking for him.
  • Alex Hales may have made a tidy half-century but he ran out Joe Root and then dimly slapped straight to point the ball after Morgan was dismissed to leave England five down and still 127 short.


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