- Netherlands v England
- Third One-Day International (of three)
- Wednesday June 22, 2022, 10am UK
- VRA Ground, Amstelveen
After Friday’s mauling of the Dutch, when England racked up that world record score of 498-4, Sunday’s second match was much more competitive, albeit shortened to a 41-over contest by rain.
The hosts threw some successful punches as they set England 236 to win and then had them 169-3 following two wickets in nine balls, including removing under pressure captain Eoin Morgan for a seven-ball duck.
As we head into the final fixture of the series, I fully expect England to rotate their bowlers.
Left-armers shootout - Wood to shine on debut
Look down their 14-man squad and there are five left-arm quicks included; Curran, Payne, Topley, Willey and Wood.
I heard Darren Gough and Steve Harmison discussing this on TalkSport’s commentary the other day. The obvious reason, they say, for having all of them on tour is for new coach Matthew Mott and Eoin Morgan to take a look at them all in one place and choose two or three to move forwards with. A shootout, effectively.
Well, so far, Sam Curran, Reece Topley and David Willey have all played. Gloucestershire’s David Payne and Lancashire’s Luke Wood haven’t. So I would expect them to get a go on Wednesday. And it is Wood who I think will shine.
Without having seen speed gun data, I would think Wood is the quickest of the left-armers mentioned above and suspect this may trouble the Netherlands’ batters.
He has been in steady - though not spectacular - form for Lancashire in the Vitality Blast, and I quite like the look of the 5/1 bet365 have on the 26-year-old to be England’s top bowler. If he doesn’t play, you will get your stake back.
Van Beek can peck at England and bring home 5/2 shot
New Zealand-born seamer Logan van Beek is the most experienced member of the Dutch attack. A former Kiwi Under 19 at Basketball, 31-year-old van Beek has bowled nicely without reward in this series.
In the first game, he returned 1-82 from 10 overs when England were battering every bowler to all parts. Then, in the second, he bowled six overs, 0-26.
He has taken 12 wickets in his last seven one-day internationals dating back to the end of March, against England, the West Indies and New Zealand, including hauls of 4-56, 2-58 and 2-49.
Sunday was the only one of his last seven games in which he has not taken a wicket.
He returns better than a wicket per game over his career in both List A and ODI cricket, hence why I quite like the look of the 5/2 bet365 are offering on him to take over 1.5 wickets in this clash. Betfred are also offering a best priced 3/1 on him to be the Netherlands’ top bowler in the match.