Scotland announce squad to face Australia

28 Aug

Sco v AusThe Scotland selectors have today named a squad of 14 to face Australia in their One Day International at the Grange on September 3, along with the trip to Ireland for their World Cricket League matches in Belfast.

Hamish Gardiner, the 22 year old top-order batsman, is in line to make his full Scotland debut after a number of impressive performances for the Highlanders in the Livesport Pro series and the Scottish Saltires in the YB40 this season.  

Australian born to a Scottish mother, Gardiner has previously represented Scotland at age group level and if selected could win his first cap against the country of his birth.

Kyle Coetzer is named in the squad after steering Scotland to two World Cricket League victories over Kenya up at Mannofield earlier in the summer, although he faces a race to be fit following the wrist injury he sustained in the semi-final of the Friends Life T20 competition.  If Coetzer is unfit the captaincy will pass to Preston Mommsen.

As this is the first national team game since early July, the Scotland squad includes county based players Matt Machan, Ian Wardlaw, Rob Taylor and David Murphy.  Neil Carter is however unavailable due to work commitments and is replaced by Safayaan Sharif, who has recovered from a side injury sustained during Scotland’s tour to the UAE in March.

Gordon Goudie is also included in the squad.  The seamer was a star performer in fixture against Australia at the Grange back in 2009, where he ended with impressive figures of 5 for 73 from 10 overs.

Also included is talented batsman Freddie Coleman who recently made his breakthrough to the full Warwickshire team after a season of promising performances for the Saltires. 

Scotland coach Pete Steindl said, “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Australians to the Grange for our big home game of the summer. It’s always a great occasion for the players and staff to test themselves against the likes of Australia and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Kyle Coetzer (Northants) capt, Richie Berrington (Greenock), Freddie Coleman (Warwickshire), Gordon Drummond (Carlton), Hamish Gardiner (Carlton), Gordon Goudie (Grange), Majid Haq (Clydesdale), Matt Machan (Sussex), Calum MacLeod (Uddingston), Preston Mommsen (Carlton) vice capt, David Murphy (Northants), Safayaan Sharif (Clydesdale), Rob Taylor (Leicestershire) Iain Wardlaw (Yorkshire)

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