Scotland Train at Maroochydore ahead of QAS
The Scotland squad has been busy preparing for the third match of their HPP funded tour ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The team will take on the Queensland Academy of Sport team on Thursday on the back of an excellent 10 run win against Tasmania in their previous fixture.
The Mooloolaba leg of their tour has started well with the squad continuing to embrace the tough physical nature of the down under tour so far.
Scotland Coach Grant Bradburn reflected on a few days preparing for the next fixture, “The facilities at MCC (Maroochydore Cricket Club) are perfect for the training we want to achieve. Players have been challenged with game scenarios in both net and open wicket situations, in 3 days of 30 degree heat. The locals refer to this as boring weather as it's always the same - cloudless and hot!
With places up for grabs in the playing 11 the whole squad has risen to the challenge to be better prepared than ever before, and the work ethics over the past few days have been impressive. So much so that scheduled training has been cancelled and players will now recover with a morning workout on the beach, followed by a day of recharging the batteries before game day on Thursday.
Game simulation today saw Matt Machan immediately stamp his mark after only joining us this week and stroking his way to 133.
Today's Setting v Chasing scenario allowed us to continue to experiment on our combinations with players being afforded opportunities in a variety of roles and situations. As a squad we have worked hard on being more accountable for bowling the ball in quality areas and priding ourselves on our catching.
With the bat we have enjoyed good conditions to stage game scrimmages to develop our ability to play spin while learning to combat quick bowling has also been a big focus.
As coach the attitude and work ethics with this team are outstanding which is resulting in obvious gains for the whole group so far. We are expecting the Queensland Academy side to be a strong side and a tough challenge. We are desperate to finish this leg by putting our quality training into consistent game performance.”
QAS have named their squad which includes Australian capped bowler, Peter George, and Queensland all-rounder Simon Milenko.
The match takes place at the John Blanck Oval, 10am start (1am BST), admission free.