Australia washed out, but Scottish fans promised sunny days ahead

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Scottish cricket is on a high at the moment following qualification for the World Cup finals in the West Indies in 2007. Their quest for one-day international status has come to fruition and the Scots are desperate to fix up Edinburgh dates with Sri Lanka or Pakistan - or both - next summer. And so Wright is hoping today's wash-out was just a temporary setback.

Wright said: "The players are gutted and the spectators are too but there was nothing we could do. It is really unfortunate. "After having such a good summer to have the one day of rain today is unbelievable. "But hopefully we will get more opportunities to have more games like this over the next couple of years. "Hopefully this won't be a one-off. It is eight years since the Australians were here last so hopefully it won't be another eight until they are here again.

"We are discussing future matches at the moment, with us having qualified for the World Cup and us having been granted one-day international status from January next year. "The ICC are having meetings at the moment putting together a fixture programme so we will know in September. "There are some exciting things in the pipeline I believe."

The game at The Grange club had been sold out for a number of weeks but in the end the 4,500 crowd failed to enjoy a single ball on a day when the Australians were prepared to field Test stars Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie. Organisers Cricket Scotland had insured against a wipe out and as a result the financial hit of having to refund the gate money was avoided.

Chief executive Roddy Smith said: "We won't lose anything financially. The biggest loss for us was not having the game played and the exposure on TV. "The loss for us was the missed opportunity to play against Australia."

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