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Will Scotland upset England at Mannofield Park

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England visit Scotland on Friday in their first international game of the summer after their dismal and, quite frankly, embarrassing winter.

The 6,000 capacity Mannofield Park ground, home of Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, will play host to the visiting English and will hope to provide one of the biggest shocks in World cricket.

England's last competitive game against The Netherlands in the Twenty20 World Cup also resulted in defeat so the Scots will be confident that they can repeat that upset. However, England will be all too aware that they need to start the summer impressively.

Mannofield Park was opened in 1890 and staged its inaugural first-class match in 1930. It was used for Scotland's Intercontinental Cup matches from 2004 and it hosted its first ODIs in July 2008.

The first international match to be held at the ground between Ireland and New Zealand in the Associates tri-nations series in July 2008 resulted in a huge victory for the Southern Hemisphere side, by 290 runs. The match witnessed a record opening stand of 274 between New Zealand openers Brendon McCullum (166) and James Marshall (161) as the team amassed 402-2 in their fifty overs.

McCullum was the chief destroyer with his innings coming from just 135 balls with 12 fours and 10 sixes. In reply Ireland could only muster 112 all out in a one-sided game.

Scotland themselves have played on the Aberdeen ground on nine separate occasions in Internationals and have been victorious six times. They are unbeaten on the ground since August 2009, when they lost to Ireland by 96 runs, having won their last four Internationals at Mannofield, albeit against Kenya and The Netherlands, and will certainly head into the game with high hopes of an upset.

Peter Moores and his England side will need to be on their metal if they are to overcome the Scots who have a new coach themselves. Although Grant Bradburn is not in charge for this game he will be keen to see his new side start with an upset. Moores will be hoping that his experienced side will have far too much for their Scottish counterparts.

With indifferent weather around the country and breaks in play a huge possibility England will hope that their professionalism and experience will count for a lot. Could home advantage and the inclement weather be a perfect recipe for an upset? England will certainly hope not and I am sure they will take this game as seriously as they will the upcoming games against Sri Lanka and India. They cannot afford to take the Scots lightly.

Squads for the Scotland and England match at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen:

England ODI squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Scotland ODI squad: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

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