Preston Mommsen will captain Scotland at the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the talented all-rounder is confident that his side will not just be making up the numbers in the tournament that begins in Australia and New Zealand next weekend.
Scotland qualified for the 2015 World Cup after defeating the United Arab Emirates in the final of the World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand last year, with Mommsen top scoring in the final with 139*, and the side will be appearing in the tournament for the third time.
The Scots were unable to win a game in their two previous World Cup appearances in 1999 and 2007, but Mommsen believes that the side is capable of springing a surprise or two and is not happy just to have qualified for the tournament.
“A lot of hard work has brought us to this stage, but it is absolutely crucial that we keep pushing on and never allow ourselves to think that getting to the World Cup is the job half done,” Mommsen said.
“Perhaps there have been occasions in the past where some of the Associates have gone to this event, not really believing they could do anything more than make up the numbers, but that has changed.
“We are the underdogs when we take on a Full Member country, but we are not going to get very far by being content with respectability in these matches.
“If we enter these contests with the right approach, work as a unit, pull together for one another and push deep into the games, I am convinced we can make a positive impact in New Zealand.
“It is important, not just for the players, but the whole game in Scotland, because this is one of the few occasions where we are in the global spotlight and that is crucial.
“If we do well, it is a terrific chance to spread the word about cricket, reach out to the next generation, show people that we are on the rise and attract greater media coverage.
“We missed that in 2011, no doubt about it, but in the past few months, I have seen the squad grow together and there has been a huge amount of graft to bring us to this point.”
Scotland started their 2015 World Cup campaign against New Zealand at University Oval in Dunedin on February 17 before they take on England in a grudge match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 23.
The Scots have their best chance of recording a win when they face Afghanistan at University Oval on February 26 before they take on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and face Australia in their final pool game.
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