Match Preview – Netherlands vs England, England in Netherlands 2022, 2nd ODI
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Well, how do you track that? The logical answer – if logic has anything to do with what happened in Amstelveen on Friday – is that England will be aiming for the top 500. And on the back of a record-breaking display, headlined by Jos Buttler on 70 balls, few would bet against them accumulating a similar score in the event they bat first again.
There was a Stick Cricket element to the way Buttler dismantled the Dutch, sixes hitting the trees around the ground as if casually tapping on a keyboard. If only office work was so much fun.
England’s white-ball revolution is now so deeply rooted in the ranks of the domestic game that the two men who joined Buttler to reach triple figures were both doing so for the first time in the ODIs. Dawid Malan has long been involved in all formats, of course – and became only the second England men’s player to score hundreds in all three – but Phil Salt was only making his fourth appearance and made a decent impression of Jonny-Bairstow at the top of the order.
Liam Livingstone’s 17-fifty, meanwhile, was his first in the ODI, as well as another England record. Those involved in the Test squad – including Bairstow, Joe Root and captain, Ben Stokes – won’t worry about their place in the pecking order just yet, but it’s a reminder of the depth England have in cricket. white ball. . As did another record total in the Blast later Friday.
To be fair to the Netherlands, aside from a few stray catches that could have stalled England’s rampage, they didn’t do too much harm. Although the captain, Pieter Seelaar, could not choose to insert the visitors again. “Going out Jason Roy was a good time,” he laughed afterwards, recalling the early dismissal that left England 1-1 in the second leg. All but one of 26 six touchdowns – another record – comfortably crossed the line.
Facing an unprecedented chase, the Netherlands did well to get through the overs – save two balls – and ensure the loss from the margins was not so record-breaking.
Without some of their best players, who chose to continue playing in county cricket, there was clearly a talent chasm. But the core of this Dutch team – players such as Seelaar, Max O’Dowd, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards and Logan van Beek – have plenty of experience to bounce back from adversity. “It will make us better cricketers in the future,” Seelaar added, and the Dutch hope to prove it right away.
(Last five matches completed, most recent first)
Netherlands: LLLLL England: WWWWWW
In the spotlight
Despite the carnage on the VRA pitch by England’s batters, it was a Dutch player who clinched the KNVB with a repair bill for breaking a window to go along with the estimated €1,000 stray shot. Max O’Dowd gave a glimpse of his reach during a 55 run-a-ball, which included some Shane Watson-esque clumping on the floor.
The Auckland-born fly-half has become a top banker in the order, averaging 45.61 in ODI. He’s also the only man to score a T20I cent for the Netherlands – and might need to tap into that mindset if England are to be challenged.
Center stage. Name in lights. Place reserved for the Hall of Fame. Joe Buttler will have a tougher day at work, but there is no doubt that he is currently in his prime as a white ball hitter. Without sounding like a broken record, there are several he narrowly missed – a 47-ball cent was a slower than his best; getting to 150 in 65 balls was also only one delivery behind AB de Villiers; with only 14 six, it was three away from the high water mark in the ODIs.
But if England continue to deploy him at No.4, having figured out his genius, there may be other chances to go beyond.
The Netherlands look likely to stick with the rotation-heavy strategy but could bring in either Tim Pringle – the slow left-hander whose father Chris played for New Zealand – or the 19-year-old legs player Shariz Ahmad. If he keeps his place, it will be an important test of character for Philippe Boissevain, who has conceded 108 on his ten overs.
Netherlands (possible): 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Musa Ahmed, 4 Tom Cooper, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Pieter Seelaar (capt), 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Shane Snater, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Philippe Boissevain/Tim Pringle.
Morgan is generally reluctant to shoot for fun and has previously suggested he will try to play all three games despite recent injury struggles. Sam Curran, who bowled nine overs on Friday, is perhaps the most likely to rest, with Brydon Carse ready to come in and provide a right-hand variation to the bowling department.
England (possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Phil Salt, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jos Buttler (wk), 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 David Willey, 9 Brydon Carse/Sam Curran, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley
Location and conditions
As evidenced by England’s 26 world record sixes, the boundaries of Amstelveen are quite clearable – although the same ground will be used as for Friday’s run-fest which could slow down some of the scoring. An even larger crowd is expected, but they may also have to deal with rain interrupting the proceedings.
Statistics and anecdotes
England’s 498 for 4 was a new ODI record; you may have heard. They are now responsible for the top three scores in the format. England also became the second team to have three centurions in one leg after South Africa, who did so twice.
Amstelveen regained the record for highest ODI total, which they previously held for Sri Lanka’s 443 to 9 against the Netherlands in 2006, before England eclipsed that tally twice at Trent Bridge .
During the destruction Buttler became the tenth Englishman to 4000 ODI races.
Roy is set to play his 100th ODI. Cooper needs one more run for 1000 in ODI.
Two Dutch milestones are in sight for Seelaar. His 58th cap will put him level with Peter Borren for most appearances; and he needs one more wicket to replace Mudassar Bukhari as the Netherlands’ top bowler in the ODIs.
“You can’t let down the best drummer in the world twice in a row. Phil Salt was [also] came across 30 or 40. I’m not going to say it would be a completely different game, but you probably won’t be looking at 498.” Captain of the Netherlands Pieter Seelar the streets pay a high price for lost catches
“We don’t take days like this for granted at all. We’ve earned the right to give it a boost today, that doesn’t mean Sunday or Wednesday we won’t face it. We worked incredibly hard to win on days like today.” england Eoin Morgan is proud to have lived a day like the first ODI
Alan Gardner is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
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