Sachin Tendulkar wants more opportunities for minnows after Scotland win

Sachin Tendulkar wants more opportunities for minnows after Scotland win

Having lost to Scotland for the first time in their history, England must now turn their attentions to Australia, who they face at the Oval on Wednesday in the first of a five-match series.

The hosts won by six runs with former Durham batsman Calum MacLeod scoring 140 not out from 94 balls at Grange Cricket Club.

England looked to be in the box seat to chase down a record score of 371 after getting past 100 without losing a wicket inside the first 10 overs, and Jonny Bairstow's 54-ball century - his third in a row in ODI cricket - looked as though it had broken the back of the chase.

Defeat raised fresh questions about England's ability to win one-off, winner-takes-all fixtures following last year's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan.

"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.

"You could say maybe [the squad is weakened] slightly without that 150kph Mitchell Starc coming in, but you have another 150kph in Billy Stanlake. if you take out 100 one-day wickets or whatever Starcy has, it will change things a little bit, but it's a great chance for Billy to show his stuff, bowl 150ks and hopefully rip through them".

The last eight months have seen Agar go from strength to strength in white-ball cricket.

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Morgan, however, accepted they had been well below the standard needed to win in what was their first 50-over match of the British season.

Everyone knows that this is a different Australia side to the one be faced in the winter but there are still a few of the same players and regardless of the opposition, we always have to concentrate on our own skills first.

"We didn't play anywhere near to our best", admitted skipper Eoin Morgan. "We want to be fearless enough to walk through the door and win games".

It was only a marginal lbw call in a game against Windies that saw them crash out of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in March and the win only confirmed the belief among the supporters of the game that a ten-team World Cup wouldn't be the ideal way of spreading the game among the masses.

"Cricket has all the ingredients to become a global game", Tendulkar said on Twitter after Scotland's shock win. "We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more".

On a personal front, the series presents the 24-year-old Agar an opportunity to nail down his spot as the lead spinner of the side.

That's what they will go out and try to achieve against the top team in the world, with the playing XI for the England game all available to choose from. This should be a catalyst for more games.

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