Cricket World Cup 2015: Scotland retain World Cup belief

Richie Berrington and Josh Davey celebrate taking the wicket of England's Joe Root
Josh Davey (centre) has taken 11 World Cup wickets
Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka v Scotland, Pool A
Venue: Hobart Date: Wednesday, 11 March Start time: 03:30 GMT
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Josh Davey retains belief that Scotland can secure a maiden World Cup victory despite facing Sri Lanka and co-hosts Australia in their final two games.

Scotland have never won a World Cup game and sit bottom of Pool A after four straight defeats.

Wednesday's opponents Sri Lanka and Australia, who they play on Saturday, have already qualified, but all-rounder Davey believes the Scots have a chance.

"Australia are the best in the world, but they are only human," he said.

"They do make mistakes and hopefully we can stick to our strengths and put them under a little bit of pressure.

"Obviously the tournament has not gone 100% the way we would like, but we've still got a couple of games left here to prove a point and hopefully get a couple of wins."

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga took five wickets for 30 runs in his team's previous meeting with Scotland.

Asked how the Scots would cope with the 31-year-old's unique style on Wednesday, Davey added: "Obviously it takes a little bit of getting used to him.

"We have prepared for that and hopefully we can get used to it and put him under some pressure."

Somerset all-rounder Davey has been one of Scotland's World Cup successes and finds himself eighth on the list of top wicket-takers with 11 so far.

Lasith Malinga bowls against England
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga destroyed Scotland by taking 5-30 in their last meeting

He is only two behind current leaders New Zealand duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee despite playing one game fewer.

"For me, it is quite surprising," said 24-year-old Aberdonian Davey.

"I grew up as a batter and I've developed bowling in the last five or six years since I came into the professional game. There are some big names up there, so it's just nice to be up with them.

"I feel like I've bowled in patches well and in patches not, but it's always nice to take a few wickets. I'm fairly happy, but I'm looking to improve where I can."

The Scots, who cannot qualify from their group, have had to watch other associate nations exceed expectations - with Ireland winning three of their five games.

"We just want to show what Cricket Scotland's about - we've got a lot of character as a team - and show that Scottish cricket is moving in the right direction," added Davey.

"Losing the Afghanistan game was pretty tough to take - it was a very close game and obviously against Bangladesh as well was very close.

"You have just got to relish the opportunity - you are playing Australia in their own back yard and Sri Lanka have some of the best players in the world.

"We are not here just to compete but to put our name out and win these games."

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