All hope was not lost, though. England at least got to have a bowl at the Scottish team (which included a policeman - Nightwatchgirl is sure that this calibre of opposition will certainly prepare England for the onslaught of the South Africans). Flintoff (3-21), Bresnan (2-34) and Broad (2-35) were the pick of the bowlers, but still England failed to bowl Scotland out in the reduced 44 overs.
The results of the latest poll on Nightwatchgirl prove, without a single grain of doubt, that readers are agreeing that England just aren't up to standard yet. When asked if England could beat South Africa in the One Day Series, 43% thought there was not a chance, with only 31% thinking it was possible. Nightwatchgirl would also like to add that 25% of those polled thought England could only win if Britney Spears was captain. Oh it's a worrying world we live in.
Suggestions as to how this is possible would be gratefully received.