Scotland ready to take on Tasmania
Scotland have touched down in Australia for a five-week tour that will see them gain vital match experience across Australia and New Zealand as they count down to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be played between 14 February and 29 March.
Ireland and Scotland join Afghanistan and the UAE in the southern hemisphere, and will play a series of matches against local and state sides to fine-tune their preparations ahead of cricket’s pinnacle one-day event.
Scotland will commence its HPP tour with two one-day matches in Hobart on Monday and Thursday, before playing one match in Maroochydore. The side will then play four matches in Christchurch, the scene of its victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014.
Captain Preston Mommsen, who led his side to victory in New Zealand 2014 and was adjudged Player of the Tournament, said his team will benefit enormously from its tour down under.
“This tour is a massive opportunity for us. Almost half of our squad is based with counties down in England, so we don't actually spend much time together during the summer. These HPP tours give us some valuable time to bond as a team, and at the same time to work out tactically what our best combinations and strategies for these conditions will be.”
Scotland has appeared in two previous ICC Cricket World Cups – in 1999 and 2007. Mommsen said the side is excited by the opportunity to appear on the world stage in 2015. “Only one member from our current squad (Majid Haq) has had the privilege of competing in the 50-over World Cup, so it'll be a new experience for all of us. It was always a shared goal for this group of players to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup, so you could imagine the joy and excitement the guys felt the moment we qualified.”
Scotland will play its opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2015 host New Zealand at University Oval, Dunedin, on 17 February, before taking on England (in Christchurch on 23 February), Afghanistan (in Dunedin on 26 February), Bangladesh (in Nelson on 5 March), Sri Lanka (in Hobart on 11 March) and co-host Australia (in Hobart on 14 March).
Scotland HPP tour matches:
29 September – Scotland v Tasmania, Kingston Twin Ovals, Hobart
2 October – Scotland v Tasmania, Anzac Park, Lindisfarne, Hobart
9 October – Scotland v Queensland Second XI, Scorchers CC, Maroochydore
15 October – Scotland v New Zealand XI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
17 October – Scotland v Canterbury, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
20 October – Scotland v Wellington, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
22 October – Scotland v Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln