Scotland’s cricketers have just under a month to pick themselves up for a series of matches against Kenya in Aberdeen after going down heavily to Australia A at Raeburn Place.
A scheduled four day match lasted just over two-and-a-half as the Scots were beaten by 360 runs.
It was scarcely any comfort that a second innings total of 93 meant avoiding their lowest ever first class score.
Only all-rounder Calum MacLeod emerged with much credit by adding an unbeaten 30 to a half century first time around, and Scots skipper Preston Mommsen admitted his side had to learn from their experiences.
Mommsen said: “A lot of our cricket is geared towards one-day and Twenty:20 cricket, so if we’re playing a big team like this you might ask the question why aren’t we playing them in a one day or a Twenty:20 as opposed to a four day game.
“It’s difficult to comment but it’s a very valid question. I’ve not asked the question but we have to be grateful for this fixture.
“We don’t often get these opportunities but at the same time it’s a shame it hasn’t gone four days and effectively we’ve wasted a good opportunity in essence.”
The captain warmly praised the visitors, who contained a string of players who could feature in the forthcoming Ashes series with England.
“I think they displayed their skills. I think individually we weren’t good enough. It’s been a very good experience to be able to qualify against some of the best players – it’s a good judge of your skill level.”
Highlighting the contributions of MacLeod the captain said: “He has played more multi-day cricket with the red ball (at Warwickshire) than most of us and that’s probably shown.”
The Scots have one day and Twenty:20 fixtures with Kenya before the visit culminates in a four day Inter-Continental Trophy tie.