England start their ‘new chapter’ on Friday morning as they face Scotland in a one-off One Day International in Aberdeen.
Alastair Cook will lead his team for the first time since the disastrous tour of Australia as the new era under the leadership of Peter Moores begins, weather permitting in Scotland.
The 13-man squad selected for the trip north is a very familiar group of players with Nottinghamshire bowler Harry Gurney the only uncapped member of the party which includes the exciting prospects of Gary Ballance and Chris Jordan.
It has been an unsettled few months for English with Team Director Andy Flower and limited overs head coach Ashley Giles leaving their posts to be replaced by Lancashire coach Moores. Meanwhile, batting coach Graham Gooch has left his position and Paul Farbrace is the new assistant coach.
Throw in to the mix Kevin Pietersen’s sacking and the uncertainty revolving around the future of Jonathan Trott it has been a strange winter within the national set-up.
Places are up for grabs in the Test team but the ODI squad looks much more settled judging on selection for the Scotland game which is followed by a T20 and five ODIs against Sri Lanka.
Cook and Bell are set to open and the skipper knows he has to score runs to fulfil his role in the side.
"It feels like a new chapter. It's early days and all new territory and it will take time to settle down but it's gone well so far.
"It's an obvious thing that a captain needs to score runs and in the past I've managed to do that," he said.
"Obviously in the last couple of Tests I haven't but I know I can do it. As a top-order player you've got to score runs."
The hosts are huge underdogs to win in Aberdeen but England’s last fixture ended in a defeat to Netherlands so nothing can be taken forgranted. The weather is a concern for the 10.30am start but Cook says even if the game is reduced by rain his side will have to react to the situation.
"It's a banana skin fixture but you get tested a number of times as a cricketer, in a number of different conditions, and it's about how you adapt to it.
"We want to play well. The guys have been really good in training and we'll be hard to beat."
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