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Scots rue missed chance

UPDATED 05 September, 2013 10:26AM AEST | by PAA 5

Scotland spinner Majid Haq believes Tuesday's 200-run debacle against Australia in Edinburgh could have been prevented.

The tourists were allowed to run up a huge score of 3-362 after being put in to bat first in the one-day international at the Grange.

Aaron Finch scored 148 while fellow opener Shaun Marsh added 151 as the duo rattled up a new record first-wicket combination of 246.

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Those huge knocks saw the Scots concede their worst-ever total in an official ODI before responding with a meagre 162 all out.

But Haq believes it could have been all so different had wicketkeeper David Murphy not missed a chance to stump Finch 10 overs in just as he was getting set for his first century in the 50-over format.

He told Press Association Sport: "It's never nice to lose by that kind of margin. We were all a bit shocked yesterday after the game.

"They are a fine side and there's obviously a gulf between where we are as a team and where Australia are right now.

"When you win the toss and let Australia bat without being put under pressure, then you will find it hard and that's what happened.

"We had a chance to stump Finch and didn't take it. That cost us 125 runs. Sometimes that can happen but yesterday we missed an opportunity."

Scotland now face Ireland on Friday and then again on Sunday in Belfast as they bid to secure automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup.

Australia used Tuesday's clash in the capital a warm-up for a five-game ODI series with England.

Leeds will be the venue for the first match on Friday but England will be without captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann after they were all rested by head coach Andy Flowers.

Finch, however, does not expect an easy ride, even England's big names sitting out the series.

He said: "Their team is still very strong. Any side that includes Kevin Pietersen and Steven Finn will be dangerous.

"We have seen over the years that they can dominate one-day cricket as a team and it is up to us to put them on the back foot, get a lead and then try to hold on to it."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 05 September, 2013 10:12AM AEST

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