Scotland include five uncapped players in their preliminary World Cup squad

"We've got our goals of trying to take down at least one of the Test-playing nations because that's something we haven't ever done as an associate"

“We’ve got our goals of trying to take down at least one of the Test-playing nations because that’s something we haven’t ever done as an associate”

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Scotland have included five uncapped players in their 24-man preliminary World Cup squad.

Those five players are George Munsey, Ruaidhri Smith, Gavin Main, Andrew Umeed and Mark Watt.

It has also been announced that former captain Kyle Coetzer will be the Scotland’s vice-captain after Preston Mommsen was given the honour of leading his country in the World Cup.

“We’re over the moon with the group we’re in,” Coetzer said. “As well as England, we play the two host nations which should make for big crowds and a great atmosphere.

“We’ve got our goals of trying to take down at least one of the Test-playing nations because that’s something we haven’t ever done as an associate, but obviously playing against England will be a bit special.”

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who is part of Scotland’s coaching staff, added: “If you look at the tournament with seven teams in a group, if you get a couple of wins confidence and momentum will grow.

“The guys have worked so hard in the last six months, they have been touring away and preparing and they are ready and going into the tournament confident that they have put that work in.

“You never know what can happen from then on in but they have the skill level there and they should be very confident.”

Scotland’s preliminary World Cup squad: Preston Mommsen (c), Kyle Coetzer (vc), Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Ruaidhri Smith, Robert Taylor, Andrew Umeed, Craig Wallace, Iain Wardlaw, Mark Watt

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