Cricket – Netherlands v England – Third ODI Preview

England have dominated the first two One-Day Internationals against the Netherlands this month and the tourists will now expect to wrap up a 3-0 win in the third and final game in the series on Wednesday.

  • What: Netherlands vs South Africa – 3rd One-day International
  • Where: VRA Ground, Amstelveen
  • When: 10:00, Wednesday, 22nd June
  • How to watch: Sky Sports Cricket/Main Event
  • Odds: Netherlands 18/1, England 1/50

England clearly superior

Netherlands are 18/1 to pull off a shock and win the third ODI to make it 2-1 overall, while England are 1/50 favourites to again come out on top.

England have, as expected, been superior so far in Amstelveen and they are likely to make their class tell once again and demonstrate why they are ranked second in the ODI rankings, compared to the Dutch’s lowly position down in 14th place in the standings.

Eoin Morgan’s men know sterner tests are to come in the 50-over format later this year but, so far, it’s safe to say things have convincingly gone to plan in the Netherlands. Friday’s world-record score of 498-4 saw them seal a 232-run win in the first ODI, before they followed up with a six-wicket success in the second game to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

The visitors have had far too much experience against a limited Dutch outfit and the way they went about their business in that stunning first victory underlined just how devastatingly good they can be in this format when they are in the zone.

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Cricket Amstelveen

Morgan concerns

Morgan has been trying to manage groin and thigh injuries in the Netherlands and, despite the fact he would want another chance to finally rack up a big score in the third one-dayer, it could be that the captain decides to sit Wednesday’s clash out, safe in the knowledge the series is won and his fellow batters are all largely in rude health.

However, one player who has struggled on the tour is skipper Morgan. He went for a second-successive duck on Sunday amid fears his ongoing injuries are restricting him at the crease.

In the bowling department, David Willey, Moeen Ali, Reece Topley and Sam Curran have all contributed taking wickets so far, while there was an impressive pacey display from Brydon Carse in the second one-dayer in particular.

Cricket Eoin Morgan

Salt among in-form batters

The second outing on Sunday was never going to emulate the memorable opener but England were still dominant and, after the Netherlands won the toss and made 236-7 in a reduced 41 overs due to rain, the visitors comfortably made their target in reply, registering 239-4 with five overs to spare.

Phil Salt registered his first one-day century when he made 122 in the first game, while Dawid Malan, who struck 125 for what was also his first one-day ton, and Jos Buttler, who top-scored with an incredible 162, all thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the bat. The sixes, of which there were 26 in total in the opener, were raining down from everywhere as England entertained the crowd at the picturesque VRA Ground, putting the hosts firmly in their place in the process.

New white-ball coach Mott couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his time in charge as England beat their own previous ODI men’s record of 481-6, set against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018, while they also surpassed New Zealand women’s mammoth 491-4 set against Ireland in 2018 to post a new world’s best.

Salt scored 77 as he maintained his fine form while Jason Roy, who had been one of the few disappointments in the first game when he managed just one, responded with 73 as England overall looked confident. Salt is 7/2 to be England’s top batter in the third ODI, Roy is priced at 3/1 while Buttler is available at 3/1.

Cricket Matthew-Mott

Duo pushing for debuts

Left-arm seamers Luke Wood and David Payne are options to come in for their debuts in the final match of the series if the bowling attack is to be rotated as England look to give some fringe players the chance to impress, although the batting line-up is expected to stay mostly intact.

Even though they have been outplayed twice, there have been a few bright spots for the hosts with batter Scott Edwards catching the eye with scores of 72 and 78 but they will want more from the likes of Vikram Singh, who managed just 13 in the first match and followed up with a disappointing score of 10 in the second clash.

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