Coetzer pledges attacking approach

09 June 2018 11:52:13 EST

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer says he side will need to be aggressive if they are to trouble England in their one-day international meeting on Sunday.

The hosts in Edinburgh have lost their only two previously completed ODIs against England, but they go into this encounter on the back of a strong showing at the recent World Cup qualifying tournament.

We know that we need to be aggressive and try to put them on the back foot.

Kyle Coetzer

There they defeated Afghanistan and tied with hosts Zimbabwe, before being denied a place at the World Cup in England next year by a rain-ruined defeat to the West Indies.

And Coetzer is eager to see that sort of form replicated when England are the visitors to the Grange Cricket Club.

He told reporters: "They've got some very high-quality players throughout their line-up, so we're not underestimating them whatsoever.

"We believe that we have the skills to really challenge England, but we have to make sure that we get a lot right on the day.

"We need to make sure that we hit England as hard as we can, we can't sit back and expect to get away with playing a safe style of cricket. We know that we need to be aggressive and try to put them on the back foot."

England will be without injured duo Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, while Jos Buttler is rested, which means that both Alex Hales and Sam Billings are set to be given chances to impress, with a five-match series against Australia just around the corner.

Billings is set to take on wicketkeeping duties, with Jonny Bairstow left to concentrate on his batting at the top of the order.

Bairstow is 5/2 to be top England batsman, with Hales priced at 5/2 and Billings available at 8/1.

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