Scotland captain Coetzer eyes England scalp

AFP| Last Updated: May 09, 2014, 09:32 AM IST

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer wants his side to follow the example of the Netherlands and Ireland by becoming the latest non-Test nation to beat England.

The Scots face England in a one-day international in Aberdeen on Friday.

It will be the match that launches Peter Moores`s second spell as England coach and the team`s first in any format since their humiliating defeat by the Dutch at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

For the Netherlands that was their second major victory over England following a win at Lord`s during the 2009 World Twenty, while Ireland had a memorable day in defeating their near-neighbours at the 2011 ODI World Cup in Bangalore.

"There are some fresh faces in there, and obviously a new coach, so I can imagine there are a few players trying to prove themselves," Coetzer told reporters on Thursday.

"No one`s position is cemented yet, so I think some of them may be feeling a little bit of pressure to have to perform in this game.

"We`re meant to be the underdogs, so we can maybe prey on all that a little bit.

"A good start to the game (for Scotland) could really bring back some haunting memories for them," the Northamptonshire batsman added.

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood was a member of Scotland`s backroom staff when they qualified for next year`s World Cup.

Scotland assistant coach Craig Wright said he had spoken to Collingwood, still playing for Durham, recently and that England`s 2010 World Twenty20-winning captain has given him some useful advice.

"He has. I can`t possibly tell you what it is," said Wright.

Scotland have also picked the brains of Dutch captain Peter Borren, who led his side to that stunning 45-run win over England at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh just a few weeks ago.

"They had success against England previously, but in Bangladesh they went into that game with genuine belief. That`s something for us to tap into," Wright said.

Scotland, as well as England will be looking to impress a new coach in front of an expected 2,000 sell-out crowd in Aberdeen, a hotbed of cricket north of the border.

New Zealander Grant Bradburn, who takes over as Scotland coach in July, will be in attendance, but just with a watching brief on this occasion.

"I suppose Ireland and Holland do have one up on us at the moment, having taken a couple of scalps," said Aberdeen-born and raised Coetzer. "But this is our time to prove ourselves."