Scotland squad heading to OZ/NZ in Pre-WC Tour
The national selectors have today announced the Scotland squad to travel to Australia and New Zealand in September and October as part of their preparations for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
The tour will see Scotland take on the Tasmanian Tigers, and Queensland Academy of Sport XI’s before making the trip over to New Zealand and playing a NZ invitational XI plus three NZ domestic first class sides. All games on tour will be 50 over fixtures.
Preston Mommsen is set to captain the side after playing a pivotal part in ensuring the side achieved qualification to the 2015 ICC World Cup earlier in the year - scoring 520 runs in eight innings - and claiming Player of the Tournament.
Scotland Head Coach, Grant Bradburn, said during the announcement, “First of all, it’s a great opportunity to get our full-strength squad together on a tour which helps us prepare for a huge World Cup ahead of us.
This tour will allow us to have a good mix of game and training time. We have 15 games between now and the World Cup, and this initial tour allows us to work through our combinations and game plans.
Strategically, we have chosen some quality training opportunities and opposition. It’s a chance to really improve on playing spin and quick pace - something we don’t get the opportunity to do as much as we would in our home conditions.
I have seen already that all of our players come together as a very proud team when they represent Scotland. Having our full strength side away on tour allows that strong team spirit to build and develop into a winning culture.
Our County players have had an extremely busy summer and it’s an opportunity for them to get into a fresh, new environment. The ability to get away and focus solely on their own games will be a great prospect. Skill development is one of our big features, it’s certainly not that the World Cup isn’t important, but growing all round skills is just as vital.
On the captaincy front, Preston Mommsen is going to lead this team for this tour, while we will announce our World Cup captain when the squad is revealed. We now have a number of potential leaders and players who are desperate and proud to lead their country.
It is deemed a great honour to captain Scotland. Cricket-wise, however, it’s imperative that a captain can command with his performance. Preston Mommsen will captain on the back of the fact that he has thrived in recent times in this capacity and will lead the team on this tour. Kyle Coetzer is a valued and highly respected senior member of the side, who also has vast captaincy qualities and experience. For this tour I have taken the opportunity to allow Kyle to focus on his own game without the additional responsibility that captaincy brings.
The inclusion of Hamish Gardiner is also a real feature, as he has forced his way into the side earning his place through recent performance which is what the selectors have stated as the key criteria.’’
The squad will depart on the 22nd September, returning on the 24th October. The tour has been made possible through the assistance of the ICC’s High Performance Programme.
Scotland Squad (In Full): Preston Mommsen (Captain), Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Gordon Goudie, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Matt Machan, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.
Scotland’s Tour Fixtures:
- 29 September: Tasmanian Tigers v Scotland, Kingston Twin Ovals, Hobart
- 2 October: Tasmanian Tigers v Scotland, Anzac Park, Hobart
- 9 October: Queensland Academy of Sport 2XI v Scotland, Scorchers CC, Maroochydore
- 15 October: New Zealand XI v Scotland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
- 17 October: Canterbury v Scotland, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
- 20 October: Wellington v Scotland, Lincoln
- 22 October: Otago v Scotland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln