Paul Collingwood: Scotland need to find a Kevin O’Brien

Paul Collingwood, right, with assistant coach Craig Wright, left and Scotland captain Preston Mommsen. Kevin O'Brien, below
Paul Collingwood, right, with assistant coach Craig Wright, left and Scotland captain Preston Mommsen. Kevin O'Brien, below
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Assistant coach Paul Collingwood has challenged Scottish cricket to come up with an equivalent to Irish record breaker Kevin O’Brien at the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia early next year

The former England all-rounder recalled being on the receiving end when Irishman O’Brien steered his side to a shock victory with the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup off 50 balls in 2011.

“Kevin O’Brien did something incredibly special, and what that would do for cricket in Scotland would be huge,” said Collingwood. Could Preston Mommsen, who top scored in the qualifying tournament, be the man that Collingwood has in mind? “Preston is a very versatile player and some innings he played in qualification were phenomenal,” he added. “But it is not just Preston; right through the batting order there is a huge amount of talent. (There’s) Michael Leask, and Matt Machin is a huge talent learning his trade at Sussex.”

Another player highlighted by Collingwood is Calum MacLeod, who has re-invented himself as a frontline batsman having been required to re-model his bowling action.

“Calum is an amazing story. It shows his determination with that mental strength,” said Collingwood. “(He thought) ‘this is what’s happened. How do I get from A to B now’

“A mental shift had to be put in to go in a different direction. Calum showed that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

Squad: Preston Mommsen (Carlton, capt), Kyle Coetzer (Northants, vice-captain), Richie Berrington (Clydesdale), Frederick Coleman (Warwickshire), Matthew Cross (Notts), Joshua Davey (Somerset), Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner (both Carlton), Gordon Goudie (Grange), Majid Haq (Clydesdale), Moneeb Iqbal (East Kilbride), Michael Leask (Stoneywood Dyce), Matt Machin (Sussex), Calum MacLeod (Durham), Gavin Main (Durham), George Munsey (Grange), David Murphy (Northants), Safyaan Sharif (Falkland), Ruaidhri Smith (Glamorgan), Robert Taylor (Leics), Andrew Umeed (Warwickshire), Craig Wallace (Forfarshire), Iain Wardlaw (Cleckheaton), Mark Watt (Heriot’s).