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Netherlands vs England, 1st ODI Preview: Chance for promising Netherlands to deliver against formidable England

Chance for promising Netherlands to deliver against formidable England
Chance for promising Netherlands to deliver against formidable England

With the England red-ball players in action in the riveting three-match series against New Zealand and a considerable gap between the second and the third Tests, the England fans will get their cricketing doze in the form of three ODIs against the Netherlands.

The series which starts on 17th June will see two more one-day Internationals on 19th and 22nd June, set to be played at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen.

Deja vu

Although some of the top England players will not be available for the ODI series with the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes plying their trade in red-ball cricket, England have a formidable bunch of players touring the country.

The team wasn't this strong even when they made a mockery of the top-billed Pakistan cricketers in the England summer last year, cleaning them up 3-0. Some of the players from those outings will also be seen in action in the series.

Head to head

Although Netherlands have not managed to beat their neighbours in the three ODIs that the two teams have come up against each other in 1996, 2003 and 2011 - the last match in February 2011 went to England by 6 wickets - the team boasts of two victories against England in the T20 format.

The first one came at Lord's in 2009 when Netherlands overhauled England's total of 162 on the very last ball of the match via an overthrow. In 2014 in Bangladesh, Netherlands routed England for just 88 in a historic win.

Salt, Buttler in action

Injuries aside, England have picked their best possible players who are not part of their test squad. The team has Jason Roy who will open the batting with Phil Salt. Salt has done his chances no harm in the few opportunities that he has got in the England Blues.

In fact, he smashed 104 runs in the three match ODI series against Pakistan at a brilliant strike rate of 116.85 and a few more fireworks can be expected of the opener. He will be partnered by Jason Roy who has recently played a couple of important knocks for Surrey in the T20 Blast.

Dawid Malan who has been in a rich vein of form of late finds himself at number 3, followed by dasher Liam Livingstone and captain Eoin Morgan. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali will be in next.

Sam Curran returns

Sam Curran who has been in fine all-round form in the Blast is also back in England colours after recovering from his back injury. Brydon Carse who finished as the second-highest wicket taker in the three match ODI series against Pakistan in 2021 with six scalps at 22.67 will compete for a spot with David Willey.

Reece Topley and Adil Rashid will complete the England XI.

Onus on Max O'Dowd and Logan van Beek

Max O'Dowd was the top run scorer for Netherlands in their last ODI series against West Indies, which they lost 3-0 despite putting up a brave fight, with 179 runs at 59.66 and the best of 89. Opener Vikramjit Singh and wicketkeeper Scott Edwards also did a fine job.

With the ball, Logan van Beek was the star of the show as always with 4 scalps, including the best of 2/49.

Predicted Playing XIs

Netherlands - Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Musa Ahmed, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (wk), Pieter Seelaar (c), Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Vivian Kingma

England - Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey/Brydon Carse, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

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