Cricket World Cup 2015: Wright eyes famous win over England

By Geoff WebsterBBC Scotland
Scotland took seven New Zealand wickets in their opening Pool A match
Scotland took seven New Zealand wickets in their opening Pool A match
Pool A: England v Scotland
Venue: Christchurch Date: Sunday, 22 February Time: 22:00 GMT
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Assistant coach Craig Wright is convinced Scotland can beat England at the World Cup.

They play in Christchurch on Sunday at 22:00 GMT, with the Scots having lost their opener to New Zealand and England beaten by the Kiwis and Australia.

"I have no doubt we can, absolutely none whatsoever," said Wright.

"But we've got to turn up and play well. The worst thing we could do is see the way England have played the first two games and have complacency."

Scotland started badly against co-hosts New Zealand but Matt Machan's batting partnership with Richie Berrington, as well as a strong bowling performance from Grant Bradburn's team, meant the Black Caps were restricted to just a three-wicket victory.

England suffered an eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand on Friday, as Tim Southee became only the fourth man to take seven wickets in a World Cup match and Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest half-century in the tournament's history.

Craig Wright in action for Scotland against Australia at the 2007 Cricket World Cup
Craig Wright in action for Scotland against Australia at the 2007 Cricket World Cup

That was after England's 111-run loss to Australia in their opening Pool A game.

Some fear Scotland will experience an English back-lash at Hagley Oval, but Wright is glad to be facing the side captained by Eoin Morgan at this point in the tournament.

"I see it as a good time," Wright told BBC Radio Scotland's Sport Nation programme.

"Looking at their results and performances against Australia and New Zealand, where they've taken two pretty comprehensive beatings, they have to be coming into the game against us with confidence on the low side.

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"It's always quite a shock when you see a team like England losing to another country when you'd expect them to be reasonably well-matched.

"We're very much of the view that if we can start the game well and continue to put them under pressure, those nerves or that lack of confidence could surface again."

Ex-England captain Paul Collingwood, who is now a specialist coach with Scotland, said on Thursday that England might be nervous ahead of the potential "banana skin" fixture.

While the former England batsman Geoff Boycott stated Peter Moores' team must now win games against cricketing "minnows" like Scotland.

"We're just looking forward to having a crack at them on Monday," said Wright, a former Scotland skipper.

"We're playing against our old rivals and we need to do our jobs on the bat and in the field. We've taken the view that the New Zealand game will make us battle-ready for the rest of the games.

"We can take confidence from a lot of the things we did against New Zealand. Their opening attack in swing-friendly conditions is as good as anyone in the world and we managed to recover from a sticky start to post some sort of total, and the bowlers got seven wickets."