After a long break, England will once again take the field against Scotland to mark the beginning of what is going to be another testing summer.
A chastening tour Down Under, a poor T20 World Cup - the Englishmen had to endure the pain of all these. However, this is what we call cricket. If you have ups, you are, for sure, going to have some downs as well. The quicker you get over your lows, the faster you'll be back on track. So, not mulling over what has been lost anymore, England should start afresh being sanguine of success with the help of the mines of talent that we have in this country.
It all starts on May 9 in Aberdeen against a relatively weaker associate nation Scotland in their own backyard. The team as we all know has been selected (and welcomed with reproof as well) with the left arm seamer Harry Gurney from Nottinghamshire being the only uncapped player in there and the rest being all capped players (Cook, Bell, Ali, Bopara, Morgan, Buttler, Root, Anderson, Woakes, Ballance, Jordan, Tredwell).
Though the clash should be a walk in the park for England, they still can't be too loose seeing the way things have gone lately as we lost to Netherlands in what was the last T20 match in the group stages of the World Cup, and in the process, getting the most shameful of hammering that an associate nation has ever given to a test playing nation. One thing, that in my view, Cook should look for, is the much needed rise in confidence from this one-off ODI. Of course, no matter which team you play against, if you play well, "then you simply play well" and there's no second thoughts about it.
No doubt, even the favourites tag would be something of an insult to the English team going into the game as there has to be a different term as to how you describe the dominance that would show in the match (I am assuming that we'll play well).
Probable XI (England): Cook(c), Bell, Root, Ali, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Jordan, Tredwell, Anderson, Gurney.
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