England vs Australia: Eoin Morgan confident that team can learn from Scotland defeat ahead of ODI series

Edinburgh: Eoin Morgan is confident that England can learn the lessons of their shock six-run loss to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday in time for a one-day international series against Australia.

The 2019 World Cup hosts have just a few days to recover from a stunning one-day international defeat before they face title-holders Australia in the first of a five-match series at The Oval on Wednesday. Scotland, buoyed by Calum MacLeod's magnificent 140 not out, posted their highest-ever ODI total of 371 for five.

It looked as if England, who went into the match as the number one-ranked side in ODI cricket, might chase that down while opener Jonny Bairstow was making 105 and later on during an eighth-wicket stand of 71 between Moeen Ali (46) and Liam Plunkett (47 not out).

But Scotland's bowlers kept taking wickets and when pace bowler Safyaan Sharif had Mark Wood plumb lbw with seven balls to spare, England were 365 all out. Defeat raised fresh questions about England's ability to win one-off, winner-takes-all fixtures following last year's Champions Trophy semi-final loss to Pakistan.

However, having seen England beat Australia 4-1 in an ODI series in Australia earlier this year, captain Morgan was confident this loss would not do lasting damage to England's morale. "A one-off game like this, to bring your best game is very difficult to do, they played well and deserved the res...

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