England World Cup clash excites Scotland cricketers

Craig Wright, Preston Mommsen and Paul Collingwood (Getty Images)
Craig Wright, Preston Mommsen and Paul Collingwood (Getty Images)
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Interim Scotland cricket coach Craig Wright looked ahead to the World Cup next February/March and highlighted clashes with the hosts and the Auld Enemy as particularly mouth-watering.

By qualifying in first place, the Scots go into a pool with co-hosts New Zealand and Australia, as well as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and England. Wright said: “It will be hugely exciting to play the hosts in the home venue, it will be fantastic. And obviously Scotland-England, there’s a lot of significance there.”

Co-coach Paul Collingwood, the former England star, believes the Scots showed real character to shrug aside an opening defeat and then go through unbeaten, overcoming UAE in Saturday’s final.

“For them to play under that pressure and go out there and perform, I think that puts you in really good stead for the future. I am a big believer that the mental side is the crucial thing. These guys do have the skills.”

Carlton’s Preston Mommsen, who took over as captain from the injured Kyle Coetzer, was player-of-the-tournament.