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Netherlands v England: ODI series preview

Tuesday afternoon at Trent Bridge showed us what we can expect from the Test team under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum but now we must shift our attention to the white-ball game and England’s first tour of the Netherlands.

We cannot wait to get out there for the much anticipated three-match ODI series, not least because it will give us a chance to see what Matthew Mott’s England side are all about.

All three games (17/06, 19/06, & 21/06) will be played at the leafy VRA Ground in Amstelveen (for more info about the ground and how to get there check out our Netherlands guide) and part of the Cricket World Cup Super League.

We’re very excited about what promises to be an entertaining series, and we think you should be too…

The new boss

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McCullum has made a fantastic start to life as England Test coach and Mott will be hoping to follow suit.

The 48-year-old was hugely successful with Australia women and takes over a side that are already the reigning World Champions in the 50-over format.

This will be Mott’s first opportunity as coach to see the England team in match action but he doesn’t feel like he’ll need to change much moving forward.

“You can tell they’re in a pretty good place,” the new boss told Sky Sports. “The meetings that we’ve had, there is a really relaxed fun vibe around the group.

“I think Eoin Morgan has obviously got this team in great shape over the last couple of years so for me initially a lot of it will be about observing and seeing where we can make some small gains, not trying to reinvent the wheel that’s for sure.”

His players

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With the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes involved in the New Zealand Test series, and many of our quicks sidelined with injuries, there are some new faces in amongst the familiar ones in the 14-strong squad available to the new coach.

Mott has believes it is “very strong” and it’s hard to argue with him as the Three Lions’ depth in quality in the white-ball format is once again on show.

The full squad is as follows: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (c), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Sam Curran (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Reece Topley (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire) and Luke Wood (Lancashire).

There are two uncapped players in the squad, in Gloucestershire’s David Payne and Lancashire’s Luke Wood, and Mott has suggested that the seam bowling duo will get a chance to impress.

Payne is one of four left-arm seamers in the squad, alongside Sam Curran, Reece Topley, and David Willey

Further up the order, the likes of Dawid Malan, Sam Curran, and Phil Salt will be keen to show the new coach what they can do with Bairstow, Stokes, and Root missing.

The Netherlands 

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A first visit from England is an exciting proposition for the Netherlands – though their preparations for the series have been far from ideal.

Unfortunately, the hosts will not be at full strength as a number of players – including Colin Ackermann, Brandon Glover, Roelof van der Merwe, and Paul van Meekeren – have not been released from their counties while they’re still without head coach Ryan Campbell as he continues to recover from a heart-attack.

Ryan Cook is serving in his place and takes control of a Netherlands side on a run of six series defeats on the bounce, though in recent series against New Zealand and the West Indies they have certainly held their own.

They’ve upset England in T20s in the past – in 2009 and 2014 – and will be desperate to give a good showing of themselves on home turf so there could certainly be some testing moments for Morgan’s side.

The full Netherlands squad is as follows: Pieter Seelaar (c), Scott Edwards (wicketkeeper), Musa Ahmad, Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Tom Cooper, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd, Vivian Kingma, Fred Klaassen, Ryan Klein, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd, Tim Pringle, Vikramjit Singh and Shane Snater.

Prediction 

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This is a big occasion for the Netherlands and they’ll up their game as a result but England should prove far too strong.

The new players in the Three Lions squad will be desperate to impress while the most established ones will want to show their new coach what they’re all about.

It’s hard to see anything but a 3-0 England victory and a flawless start to Mott’s tenure.