Scotland prepare for Hong Kong ODI in Abu Dhabi
Grant Bradburn’s squad will look to respond in a positive fashion against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi tomorrow after exiting the inaugural Desert T20 at the semi-final stage against Ireland on Friday.
Ahead of the two ODIs Bradburn said, “With the first Desert T20 now behind us, we are relishing the opportunity to play two ODI's over the next three days.
Of course, there was bitter disappointment in not at least reaching the Desert T20 final, but we have had some honest reflection and the team will take a lot of positives away from their quality performances over this tournament.”
Coach Bradburn reflected on a day when Paul Stirling plundered 60 and Gary Wilson’s knock of 64 produced a formidable total that ultimately proved unreachable, “We met an Ireland side who played an outstanding game in the semi-final, they simply scored too many for us to match on the day.”
On the task at hand tomorrow the Scotland coach added, “One Day International cricket is an important priority for us in 2017 as we strive to top the World Cricket League table.
More importantly, we look forward to two more opportunities to play ODI cricket in what has been a lean last 12 months in terms of fixtures. Both Hong Kong and UAE will be tough teams to beat in familiar conditions for them here in UAE.
Preston Mommsen's absence will be noticed particularly in this format but that will also provide opportunities for others to step into the top order and perform. There is a queue of players wanting to step into that vacancy.” Bradburn said of the former captain who retired from international cricket last year.
“We will look to play this format aggressively, particularly with the ball, as we believe taking wickets is vital in the modern 50 over game. We will be releasing an exciting new look to the team as we begin an important year of ODI cricket.”
Tri Series Fixtures:
Scotland v Hong Kong (Abu Dhabi) – 22nd Jan @ 10am (6am GMT)
Scotland v UAE (Dubai International Stadium – 24th Jan @ 10am (6am GMT)
UAE v Hong Kong (Dubai International Stadium – 26th Jan @ 10am (6am GMT)
Photos: Chris Whiteoak