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Netherlands vs England, 3rd ODI Preview: Netherlands look to close the gap against clinical England

Netherlands look to close the gap against clinical England
Netherlands look to close the gap against clinical England

England might think of giving Luke Wood and David Payne the nod, with the series already in the bag.

As expected, two matches into the series, England have already won it. However, the last match will not be a dead rubber with 10 ODI Super League points up for grabs.

Brydon Carse fits perfectly in England's white-ball scheme

While Netherlands' main and only focus will be to eke out a victory, England might try out a few players having won the series. The Morgan-led side brought in Brydon Carse in place of Sam Curran in the second ODI. He did a fine job, picking up one wicket from his 7 overs.

More than the stats, it is his role which is important. He is basically trying to fit into the role that Liam Plunkett did so well for England over several years of being the middle overs enforcer and using his pace and bounce to pick up one or two wickets when much is not happening off the surface.

In that regard, Carson was a big plus, like he was when Pakistan toured England last year and he troubled the visitors with his pace and bounce.

Questions over Morgan's form

There are question marks though on the form of Eoin Morgan who has not been able to score for a long time now and has already recorded back to back ducks in the series.

That Morgan is an astute captain and one of the best that England have ever produced is beyond doubt but his batting woes cannot go unnoticed. Morgan will have to start contributing with the bat in order to remain unchallenged till the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Salt, Willey shine

Phil Salt has continued to impress and scored a breezy 54-ball 77 in the second ODI on the back of his blistering century in the series opener. Jason Roy who was dismissed cheaply in the first ODI also got among the runs with a 60-ball 73.

England suffered a slight wobble with Eoin Morgan and Liam Livingstone dismissed in quick succession but Moeen Ali reiterated his all round talent 42 which took England to a comfortable six wicket victory.

With the ball, David Willey has been the pick of the bowlers for England throughout the series. Adil Rashid who was ineffective in the first ODI also picked up two wickets in the second game.

Scott Edwards rises to the occasion

Netherlands made three changes to their playing XI for the second ODI. Tim Pringle came in for captain Seelaar who retired midway in the series due to a recurring back injury.

Musa Ahmad made way for Teja Nidamanuru and Vivian Kingma replaced leg spinner Boissevain. Scott Edwards took over the Netherlands captaincy and did a good job, both with the bat and in the field.

In fact, Edwards has been the most successful batter for Netherlands in the series till now with an unbeaten 56-ball 72 in the first ODI and a 73-ball 78 in the second ODI. It was a shame that he was run out otherwise a century was very much on the cards.

Edwards is the top scorer for Netherlands in the series with 150 runs from two matches and will expect talented batter Max O'Dowd to contribute on a consistent basis as well.

No changes for Netherlands

Aryan Dutt was Netherlands' best bowler on display in the 2nd ODI and took 2 wickets while giving away 55 runs from his 9 overs. Tim Pringle and Tom Cooper also picked up one wicket each.

The team has Musa Ahmed, Philippe Boissevain, Fred Klaassen, Clayton Floyd, Ryan Klein and Shariz Ahmad on the bench at the moment but are unlikely to make too many changes to their playing XI as they would want to win the last match of the series desperately.

Predicted Playing XIs

Netherlands - Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Teja Nidamanuru, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Shane Snater, Aryan Dutt, Vivian Kingma

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

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