But Derbyshire have moved quickly to secure the 85-cap worldwide batsman on the back of his seventh ODI hundred as part of a new relationship between the midlands county and Cricket Scotland.
Safyaan Sharif was the man to clinch the victory, trapping Mark Wood leg before wicket in the penultimate over to spark wild celebrations and a pitch invasion from a tense crowd in Edinburgh.
Here in this slider, we take a look at five player battles which could determine the result of the match and the series as a whole.
Scotland failed to seal a spot in next year's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after they were defeated by the Windies in a rain-affected game at the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe.
The defeat to Scotland meant Bairstow's own personal feats have been somewhat overlooked, but he was once again in scintillating form at the top of the England order as he hit a 54-ball century to mark his third ODI ton on the bounce. "Best way to provide great exposure".
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"I don't think we were far away, we go to a ground now that we know really well in The Oval, and we'll be up for the challenge".
For the tourists, time is running out on how to plan their World Cup defence - something scarcely helped by the enforced absences of Smith and Warner until a few weeks before the tournament begins. "It is up to us now to build on it", he said.
"We've had a professional relationship with Dave for five years now we've always found him to be a pretty normal and humble bloke - he just wants to atone for his mistakes and move on".
"It was a really interesting game yesterday, good for us that England lost that game, great for Scotland as a country, and as a cricketing nation it's really exciting for them", Ashton Agar said. That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it.
"We didn't do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus from where we were", added the former Ireland batsman. This should be a catalyst for more games.