Bradburn eyeing Test cricket

  • Last Updated: May 6 2014, 17:55 BST

New Scotland coach Grant Bradburn insists the Saltires can realise their "dream" of playing Test cricket.

The New Zealander arrived in Scotland on Monday after agreeing to take on the challenge of developing the game north of the border.

The Scots have already qualified for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but Bradburn has grander ambitions to see the nation compete in the five-day format against the game's global giants.

The International Cricket Council recently announced that the leading associate nation would play the bottom Test side in 2018, with the winner granted Test status.

The new head coach said: "At the moment, realistically, Test cricket is the dream and I would love that to be turned into a goal.

"But I wouldn't do that until I get my chance to get my feet on the ground and assess our playing stocks and start developing the skills I know will be needed to be competitive at Test cricket.

"The difference between number 13 in the world and number 10 is huge. It's only three places but I can tell you it is a long way.

"But it's a fantastic dream to have. The ICC have opened the door and made it realistic for associate teams to give themselves an opportunity to play Test cricket.

"Therefore the longer version of the game will become more important to us."

Bradburn, 47, replaces Pete Steindl who left the post in December after failing to reach the World Twenty20.

He will be assisted by Craig Wright, who took over alongside former England batsman Paul Collingwood on an interim basis for the successful World Cup qualification campaign.

"For me, there was an instant attraction to the people for a star," said Bradburn after being unveiled to the media.

"We had synergy with our plans and philosophies around game development and a long-term vision for developing quality players. In short I'd like to achieve continued success with more Scottish players featuring on the world stage.

"I only arrived yesterday but I've done a little bit of homework on the squad.

"But the exciting thing is that I will be walking into an environment where I don't know the players and I don't know staff that well.

"However, I do know that they have had some success recently and there is some quality people in this organisation and I'm really looking forward to brining the experiences I have had as a coach and applying that to what is required here."


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