Captain Morgan in mood to make mark against 8-1 Saltires
Brad Wheal's bowling could unsettle auld enemy England
Sky Sports Cricket, 11am Sunday
David Sole led Scotland to a stunning Five Nations Grand Slam success with a 13-7 victory against an overconfident England at Murrayfield in 1990.
However, bookmakers look right to make his son Chris and the Scottish Saltires 8-1 shots to create similar scenes of delirium by enjoying a first ODI triumph over the auld enemy across Edinburgh at The Grange.
Even during the doldrums of their 2015 World Cup campaign, the Three Lions cruised to a 119-run success over Scotland in Christchurch and they are an incredibly revamped and revitalised limited-overs outfit now under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan and coaching of Trevor Bayliss.
And while they are relaxed enough in their current number one ranking to rest Jos Buttler after his IPL and Test exploits and decided early that key all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were not fit, they are not taking the task lightly.
Buttler’s replacement Sam Billings has been in the set-up for a long time and the gloves could still be given to Jonny Bairstow. The two men likely to step up as all-rounders, David Willey and Moeen Ali, have been in superb form for Yorkshire and Worcestershire in the 50-over One-Day Cup.
England’s top order and bowling options are extensive and Bayliss is rarely shy to examine them so the best bet looks to be Morgan to score 31 or more runs.
He opened up his One-Day Cup campaign for Middlesex with scores of 76, 45, 50 and 57 and made 100 against Gloucestershire on Wednesday in his second knock after sustaining a finger injury.
Brad Wheal is worth a wager to be the top Scotland bowler.
The swing bowler is well-regarded at Hampshire, for whom he took two wickets against Essex in the One-Day Cup last month, and he had three-wicket hauls in March’s World Cup qualifiers against West Indies and Ireland.
E Morgan to score 30.5 or more runs
2pts 5-6 Ladbrokes
B Wheal top Scotland bowler
1pt 7-2 bet365, BetBright
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