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Gavin Hamilton steps down as Scotland skipper

Hamilton can't commit to captaincy

Gavin Hamilton has stepped down as Scotland captain following the one-day international defeat by England.

Hamilton said Saturday's seven-wicket defeat at The Grange in Edinburgh was his final bow as skipper because of work commitments.

"It's probably a good time for Gordon Drummond to step up," Hamilton told BBC Scotland afterwards.

Scotland's most experienced player, Hamilton succeeded Ryan Watson as captain in May 2009.

Hamilton, who took part in the the 1999 and 2007 World Cups for the Saltires, described becoming skipper as an "honour".

He made 48 in Scotland's total of 211 all out at The Grange, with England easing to victory with seven wickets to spare in the 33rd over.

"I've still got a bit of playing days left in me yet," he said. "There's far too much going on in terms of work at the moment to be able to commit to captaining a national side.

We've got some fresh faces and it's probably a good time to do it

Gavin Hamilton

"I've not really been all there completely as a captain and I've got to think about other people.

"In terms of work and other commitments it's just a lot on my plate.

"We've got some fresh faces and it's probably a good time to do it."

Focusing on the defeat by England, Hamilton conceded it was a tough day at the office for the Scots.

"They hit some clean balls and once they beat the field, there's no stopping them really," he said.

"We didn't bowl that well to be fair but they did hit it well.

"We just let ourselves down a little bit; we've got so much more in the tank, but I've been happy with the tempo of our cricket over the last few months.

"We can always take away that we played the world champions effectively, but we've got to do things better."

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