Netherlands v England
First One-Day International (of three)
Friday June 17, 2022, 10am UK
VRA Ground, Amstelveen
The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Joe Root may not be involved in this squad, but England should still have enough to ensure that rain is the only thing which will prevent a 3-0 series win in picturesque Amstelveen.
Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone and Adil Rashid are amongst a travelling squad stacked with left-arm quicks. Incredibly, there’s five of them; Sam Curran, David Payne, Reece Topley, David Willey and Luke Wood.
England came unstuck against Scotland in 2018 and also against Ireland at the World Cup in India in 2011. But I don’t see that happening against a Dutch side who have only won three ODIs since June 2019, losing 11 in that time.
This year, they have been beaten 3-0 by Afghanistan, New Zealand and, most recently, the West Indies away and at home.
England are 1/8 on with bet365 to win 3-0, which I just can’t see the point in backing at all. Get on board with that and you could easily be stuffed by the weather!
So let’s look elsewhere for value.
That value comes via a trio of selections with Betfair
For anyone who has followed by previews over the last six or seven months, you will know I am a fan of betfair’s #OddsOnThat selections.
And I have got three which have caught my eye, two of them concentrating on England’s innings with the bat.
The first of them is for Dawid Malan to hit a four and a six at 10/11 with Betfair.
Looking at the squad picked and the options available, my hunch would be that Malan will bat at number three in new coach Matthew Mott’s first team, giving him ample opportunity to win us that bet.
The second is for Malan, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy all to hit a six apiece at 7/2 with Betfair. Again, the same logic applies. Roy will open, Malan will bat in the top order and Buttler will be floating. If England are flying, which I suspect they will be, he will be elevated up the order.
And the final one is the 5/1 on their to be a duck, a stumping and a run out in the match.
To be honest, I wouldn’t amaze me to see all of them come in the Dutch innings alone. It can all get a bit kamikaze when less experienced sides find themselves under pressure, and England have plenty of spin options in Ali, Livingstone and Rashid.
* Odds are subject to changes