Cricket - Steindl not concerned about past

Scotland head coach Pete Steindl insists he does not fear another painful defeat from Australia because it is the only way his players will learn where they are going wrong.

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Pete Steindl says his side will learn a lot from taking on Australia

The Scots host the Australians at the Grange on Tuesday for a one-day international being used by the tourists as a warm-up for their four-match series with England.

For the hosts, though, it is another chance to test themselves against one of the world's best sides.

The fixture, however, comes just two months after Australia A left Edinburgh with a mammoth 360-run victory following a four-day game that finished 24 hours early.

It was a harsh lesson for the inexperienced Scots but Steindl does not believe a repeat will stunt his side's progress.

He said: "We have to keep everything in perspective. If you are too outcome focused, you can definitely worry about a sore defeat like the one we received in the four-day game earlier on this summer affecting morale and the development of the squad.

"But as a team we look at the individual wins we can get on any given day and if the players go in and find they can compete at this level, they will take a lot of confidence from that.

"It was a tough game against Australia A - we don't play a huge amount of four-day cricket and that showed. But at the same time, some of our players bounced back from that experience like Calum MacLeod, Iain Wardlaw and Matt Machan.

"They learned a lot after that game and we believe that you have to put yourself under pressure to find out what you are made of, learn from it and move forward."

However, the Scots - who are preparing for two World Cricket League fixtures in Ireland this weekend - will have their work cut out making gains on the scoreboard after captain Kyle Coetzer was ruled out.

The Northamptonshire batsman averages 47.85 for his country in ODIs but a wrist injury means Preston Mommsen will instead lead the team out.

"I can't deny it, he's a massive loss for us," admitted Steindl. "He's our most experienced batsman and has had a fantastic summer down south. His average in ODI cricket for us says it all, it's well above 40.

"He's a big player for us, and to not have him here is a blow.

"But you can turn that around and say it is an opportunity for another player to step up and make their mark, say they are willing to be a leader in this batting line-up and show what they can do. That's what we are looking for."

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