Disgraced Australia opener David Warner set to return … in the commentary box

  • Disgraced Australia opener David Warner set to return … in the commentary box

Disgraced Australia opener David Warner set to return … in the commentary box

The world's top-ranked ODI team lost by six runs after just failing to pull off what would have been the second highest one-day worldwide run chase.

It looked as if England, who went into the match as the number one-ranked side in ODI cricket, might chase that down while opener Jonny Bairstow was making 105 and later on during an eighth-wicket stand of 71 between Moeen Ali (46) and Liam Plunkett (47 not out).

Former Durham and Warwickshire batsman MacLeod said Scotland's first global cricket win over England was a "massive statement".

However, MacLeod was quick to offer credit to coach Grant Bradburn and captain Kyle Coetzer for the leadership they have offered in freeing up the players to perform as they did in securing a six run win when Safyaan Sharid trapped England's last man Mark Wood LBW off the penultimate ball of the penultimate over.

The win came in Scotland's first match since they agonisingly just missed out on qualification for the 2019 World Cup in Zimbabwe in March. "We've been waiting for this for so long. We want to be fearless enough to walk through the door and win games".

Calum Macleod scored an unbeaten 140 off just 94 balls as Scotland registered their highest score in ODIs, ending at 371/5 in their 50 overs after being put into bat by England.Macleod's 140* was his 4th highest ODI score, earlier he has registered scores of 175 (vs Canada), 157* (vs Afghanistan) and 154 (vs Papua New Guinea).

As a native Irishman Eoin Morgan, the captain of the beaten side, was meanwhile well placed to assess what the result meant for the home team and acknowledged that the better side had won on the day.

"A one-off game like this, to bring your best game is very hard to do, they played well and deserved the result", said Morgan.

Next up for England is a five-match ODI series against Australia, starting at The Oval on Wednesday, while Scotland can celebrate a day to remember. "We were miles off where we expect to be and didn't do enough to win".