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Historic Scots win over England a big statement, says MacLeod

 

By Will Jackson

The historic victory over England in the one-off one-day international in Edinburgh is a massive statement from Scottish cricket, says Calum MacLeod.

The former Durham and Warwickshire batsman starred with an unbeaten 140 as the Saltires claimed the biggest result in their history by beating England, who went into the game ranked number one in the world.

It is barely three months since they were at a low ebb after seeing their World Cup dreams dashed by bad weather and an umpiring call, rubbing salt into the wounds after the ICC decided to cut the number of participating nations at next year's tournament.

Scotland went into the game against England with a point to prove, and sealed a famous win in dramatic fashion, posting 371 before successfully defending the total in the penultimate over of the match and emerging triumphant by just six runs.

MacLeod admitted the win would go down as one of the best for the team.

"I reckon it is up there," he said. "This win has been coming for a couple of years since Grant (Bradburn) and Kyle (Coetzer) took over and pushed the aggressive cricket you saw.

"We showed we were capable of this last year against Sri Lanka and then to take the step up to beat a full England side is a massive statement from Scottish cricket.

"We didn't play anywhere near to our best," admitted England skipper Eoin Morgan.

"We were miles off where we expect to be and didn't do enough to win. The way we played, we didn't deserve to win it.

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