Jos Buttler leads from the front as England canter to series clean sweep over Netherlands

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Jos Buttler leads from the front as England canter to series clean sweep over Netherlands - GETTY IMAGES
Jos Buttler leads from the front as England canter to series clean sweep over Netherlands - GETTY IMAGES

If the mark of a great leader is to groom their successors, then England’s eight-wicket victory in the final one-day international in Amstelveen was a further testament to Eoin Morgan.

Owing to a tight groin, Morgan missed the match as a precaution. But first in the field and then with the bat, Jos Buttler suggested that England are well-placed to cope with Morgan's eventual departure, unfurling a broad grin when lofting the straight six which sealed the win.

In partnership with centurion Jason Roy, Buttler’s undefeated 86 helped England race to their target with 19.5 overs to spare. With the target in sight, Buttler delighted the raucous travelling supporters with an array of his most spectacular shots; when off spinner Aryan Dutt dropped short, Buttler flat-batted him through long off.

Most absurdly, when an attempted slower ball from Paul van Meekeren looped up, advancing with all the pace of a queue in Gatwick Airport, Buttler duly smote it over midwicket for six.

Faced with a free hit next ball, Buttler then crashed van Meekeren down the ground. International captaincy is seldom more fun.

“I did enjoy it,” Buttler said of deputising for Morgan. “I find it’s a different challenge, of course. I’ve got to work that out. It’s too early to have a style. I’ve got to try to be myself. I can’t try to be him, and just open to learning about it, really.”

Jason Roy hit a sparkling unbeaten century - GETTY IMAGES
Jason Roy hit a sparkling unbeaten century - GETTY IMAGES

Under Buttler there was little obvious change in England’s approach in the field. This stuck to the template of attacking when there was a scintilla of new ball swing, and then relying on a combination of spin and extra pace, provided by the impressive Brydon Carse.

Pushing his claims as the bowler best-placed to reprise Liam Plunkett’s role in the 2019 World Cup side as aggressive enforcer, Carse snared Tom Cooper and Bas de Leede with short deliveries and the Netherlands threatened to score 40 more than the eventual 244 for eight.

Perhaps Buttler’s most notable decision was not to give Mooen Ali a single over, seemingly because of the lack of Dutch left-handers, but even this echoed how Morgan has often used Moeen’s off spin.

Meaningful judgment on Buttler’s captaincy will have to wait for more onerous days, though he will be encouraged to have now recorded six wins from nine ODIs in charge. As importantly, there is no indication of the extra responsibility affecting his batting: so far, Buttler averages 48.1 as skipper.

For all the focus on the issue of captaincy, the relish for using Buttler at No 4 was another notable feature of the series. Buttler has normally been promoted either during matches with reduced overs or with England in a dominant position when setting a target.

This time was different: Buttler came out at the end of the 10th over, after Paul van Meekeren had bowled Phil Salt and Dawid Malan in the space of three deliveries, afforded the luxury of time.

Buttler’s tally for the series of 248 runs from 134 balls without being dismissed - both from No 4 - hints at what England can gain from elevating him in the order.

If he is to occupy the twin crucial roles of captain and No 4 for the World Cup defence in 16 months, England will have to decide whether it is prudent for him to do so while also keeping wicket too.

While Salt’s straight driving - again evident during his rapid 49 - added to his outstanding impression this series, England’s need for players to press their claims was greatest with the ball.

This need informed the selection of five left-arm quicks for the series; all bar Luke Wood played at some point. David Willey’s four for 36, dismissing Vikramjit Singh with a new-ball bouncer and then using his variations cannily at the death, ended his fine series.

On international debut David Payne also impressed. Denied a wicket when Liam Livingstone lost sight of a short ball top-edged into the on side, a slower ball secured Payne his maiden international wicket, dismissing Scott Edwards after his third consecutive half-century.

David Payne impressed on his ODI debut - GETTY IMAGES
David Payne impressed on his ODI debut - GETTY IMAGES

For the small but passionate cricket community in the Netherlands, hosting the world champions for three games was a wonderful fillip for the sport.

The games have afforded England fans who normally can’t afford to do so the chance to follow the side abroad, even if Netherlands might regret being quite such obliging hosts.

The series was originally planned for late May, which would have rendered England’s Indian Premier League players unavailable; that date would also have allowed the Netherlands access to their county white-ball specialists. And while it can be challenging timing the ball at the VRA Ground these flat pitches could have been tailor-made for England.

England, you hope, will find a way to repay the Netherlands’ generosity. The best way of doing so would be to include the Netherlands in the T20 Blast and One Day Cup, which would accelerate the development of young players like Bas de Leede, whose maiden ODI half-century gave a hint of his talents.

A regular Four Nations T20 competition, featuring England - even without their Test specialists - Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, could also galvanise the game’s growth in Europe.

England swat Netherlands aside to secure series clean sweep - as it happened

04:23 PM

And finally, Jos Buttler speaks

Amsterdam away is a trip that most of the Barmy Army would fancy. We've had a great week here. Really enjoyed it.

It was a great victory. We picked up wickets at crucial times.  We've seen more guys standing up on this trip.

04:20 PM

Roy speaks

We're very chuffed to finish on a high.  We've always prided ourselves on our standards, the bowlers were great I'm made up for Payney getting his first wicket.

This series is a good benchmark but [we face] a big test this summer.

The future's bright.

Our fans have been unbelievable, we should definitely make a habit of coming here.

04:17 PM

Jason Roy is man of the match

It's a batsman's game.

04:10 PM

England win by eight wickets

That wraps up the series. David Willey deserves the nod as man of the match for his four for 36. It's equally as good as a century in ODIs.

04:07 PM

OVER 30.1: ENG 248/2 (Roy 101 Buttler 86) chasing 245 

Buttler wins it with a six, chipping it into the trees at wide long -on. He made 86 off 64 with seven fours and five sixes.

England win by 8 wickets with 119 balls to spare and win the series 3-0.

Cue Sweet Caroline.

04:06 PM

OVER 30: ENG 242/2 (Roy 101 Buttler 80) chasing 245

Buttler is forced to wait for De Leede's slower ball and can only pat it for a single to the cover sweeper. Roy now has the chance to score a 10th ODI hundred and pulls the first ball he faces through mid-on for four. After a wide he cross-bats a length ball through cover for four more. Most people would have pushed that behind point.

Buttler on-drives for a single to give Roy the chance ... and he takes it with a handsome off drive. It took him 86 balls and hit 15 fours.

04:00 PM

OVER 29: ENG 226/2 (Roy 88 Buttler 78) chasing 245

Heyho, here he goes. Buttler whisks his hands through the line and picks up a good length ball from Van Meekeren and mows it over square leg for six. It goes 12 rows back. Van Meekeren responds wit a bouncer outside off that Buttler clobbers with a front foot pull for four.

When the ball sticks in Van Meekeren's hand and bounces twice. Buttler sadistically waits for it to sit up and belts it out of the ground at square leg.  Is he going to deprive Roy of a ton? The next ball also sails out of the ground when Buttler shuffles deep in his crease and spanks a perfectly respectable length ball over mid-on.

03:55 PM

OVER 28: ENG 200/2 (Roy 88 Buttler 53) chasing 245

De Leede, who made a first ODI fifty this morning, comes on for a bowl, sticks one in the slot and Roy biffs it over mid-on for four. De Leede reverts to cutters to some effect. Roy pulling onr for a single and calling for bat tape having, presumably, cracked it. Buttler steals the strike with a midwicket flick.

03:51 PM

OVER 27: ENG 194/2 (Roy 83 Buttler 52) chasing 245   

Van Meekeren has been very good since giving up on the short stuff. Buttler can't pierce the infield for four balls and then gets away by flicking a single though midwicket. The bowler tries to fox Roy with a slower ball bouncer but Roy is unfazed and slaps a cut for a single.

This is great:

03:46 PM

OVER 26: ENG 192/2 (Roy 82 Buttler 51) chasing 245 

Klaassen shells a return catch off his own bowling when Roy closes the face too soon on a cutter which bites into the pitch and holds a bit, making him spoon it back to the bowler's right. He gets both hands to it but cannot cling on.

Roy celebrates his reprieve by taking the partnership to three figures with a pull for two and then puts down that big dog of a  front leg and thumps a drive over mid-off for four.

03:42 PM

OVER 25: ENG 183/2 (Roy 75 Buttler 50) chasing 245 

Jos Buttler eases to fifty off 44 balls by flicking two through midwicket though De Leede's bullet throw makes Roy dive at the non-striker's to get home.

03:38 PM

OVER 24: ENG 180/2 (Roy 74 Buttler 48) chasing 245

It's hot out there. Plenty of dripping fringes among the bowling attack. Buttler prods a single through cover off Klaassen and Roy walks across to flick another off middle. After a wide that keeps going from round the wicket, Buttler works a single off his pads and Roy shovels a pull round the corner, the ball bouncing lower than he might have thought, for two.  England are coasting this.

03:34 PM

OVER 23: ENG 173/2 (Roy 70 Buttler 46) chasing 245

Right, they've worked out the angle and go for it, Roy slog sweeping two fours either side of a single apiece, Roy's patted straight, Buttler's flicked through midwicket.

03:31 PM

OVER 22: ENG 163/2 (Roy 61 Buttler 45) chasing 245

Klaassen returns after that costly opening spell. He stats round the wicket and escapes with two singles and a leg bye as England weigh up the wide angle from left-armers now coming at them from both ends.

03:27 PM

OVER 21: ENG 160/2 (Roy 60 Buttler 44) chasing 245   

Pringles returns for Dutt and, though he is taken for five singles, gives two well-set, marvellous, game-changing players no room to free their arms by lowering his arm and coming round the wicket, slinging it in flat.

03:25 PM

OVER 20: ENG 155/2 (Roy 57 Buttler 42) chasing 245   

England go a milkin', all three off Van Beek into the onside.

03:24 PM

OVER 19: ENG 152/2 (Roy 55 Buttler 41) chasing 245 

The keeper puts down a hard chance when Roy decides to try to edge it through second slip with a late push and snicks it far too fine. It's on to Edwards too quickly and scoots down for four. Roy takes a single through the legside and Buttler tucks in. The first ball he faces, he carts over midwicket for the first six of the game then plays a replica of that amazing stroke off Dutt's previous over, rocking back to carve it over mid-off for four.

The fourth horseman has just put his jodhpurs on:

03:16 PM

OVER 18: ENG 136/2 (Roy 50 Buttler 30) chasing 245 

A 22nd ODI fifty to go with his nine centuries for Jason Roy in his 101 matches. This one is brought up by a cover driven single off Van Beek off a relatively sedate 47 balls.

03:11 PM

OVER 17: ENG 134/2 (Roy 49 Buttler 29) chasing 245

Dutt replaces Buttler and rocks back to flay the final ball of the over over mid-off. It's as if he's playing a different sport. It would have been extraordinary had he hit it over midwicket but to get it over mid-off? I don't know how he did that. How slick are those wrists.


03:08 PM

OVER 16: ENG 126/2 (Roy 49 Buttler 23) chasing 245

There used to be an advert when I was a boy for meat paste, Shipham's possibly. It was one of the few adverts to be centred around cricket and this one had a Yorkshire vs the world vibe which was pretty outdated by the early 80s. The tagline, in my unreliable memory uttered by Fred Trueman when the teams came in for tea and the opposition were given an inferior potted meat: 'Far too good for Surrey.' I still say it - and did just then in a Lancastrian accent when Buttler murders a half volley from Van Beek down the ground for four. It went off, like a rocket touched.  Do people still eat meat paste? And in which aisle would you find it? Amongst the corned beef?

03:02 PM

OVER 15: ENG 118/2 (Roy 46 Buttler 18) chasing 245

Roy launches a controlled lofted drive, more a wedge than a full blooded drive, over long off for a single off Pringle. Buttler uses those wrists to chop four down to third mad then whips two through midwicket.

03:00 PM

OVER 14: ENG 111/2 (Roy 45 Buttler 12) chasing 245         

Buttler has seen enough to get his eye in and climbs into Van Meekeren, smashing him for successive fours, the first, technically a chance, had the bowler lost his mind and the benefit of asbestos fingers. It torpedoed past him and down the ground. The second was a stand and deliver flog over midwicket.

02:54 PM

OVER 13: ENG 101/2 (Roy 44 Buttler 3) chasing 245       

Roy cannot beat point with his reverse sweep off Pringle so, next ball, plays the orthodox variety and cuffs it pleasingly for four.

02:52 PM

OVER 12: ENG 95/2 (Roy 39 Buttler 2) chasing 245       

Netherlands know they have to bowl England out to win and call up a slip for Van Meekeren when Buttler is on strike. The right-armer opts for a corridor line and they push three singles.

Strangely Advanced Hair Studios, one of Sky cricket's premier advertisers, along with the erectile dysfunction merchants - Who do they think we are? - is still using Shane Warne in its adverts.

02:48 PM

OVER 11: ENG 92/2 (Roy 37 Buttler 1) chasing 245

Roy has a swish at a drive outside off stump and edges Pringle for four down to third man. Chalk it up as a win for the young spinner, not that history will record it as one. They take three singles on the drive to see out the over, Buttler's all hands and wrists.

02:43 PM

OVER 10: ENG 85/2 (Roy 31 Buttler 0) chasing 245     

Van Meekeren starts his second over like a pauper with  half-volley, that Salt larrups past him for a ninth four , and ends it like a prince with two wickets in three balls, bowling fast and full. Not sure what Malan was doing though. He went so far across he was bowled off stump, behind his legs.

02:40 PM


Malan b Van Meekeren 0  Out second ball, bowled round his leg as he shuffled across.  Length ball again. FOW 85/2

02:38 PM


Salt b Van Meekeren 49  Going full brings its dividends. Salt tried to drive on the up, the ball, delivered from wide of the crease, nipped back through the gate and knocked back the top of leg-stump.  FOW 85/1

02:38 PM

OVER 9: ENG 81/0 (Roy 31 Salt 45) chasing 245     

So poor have the seamers been that Edwards turns to spin in the Powerplay. Pringle tries to stem the tide and they milk him for five singles with the hard ball before Salt spanks a straight drive through Cooper for four. Cork makes a quip for the teenagers in the audience referencing Gary Sprake. It was a long, long time ago.

02:35 PM

OVER 8: ENG 72/0 (Roy 29 Salt 38) chasing 245   

Netherlands' heads have gone. They are bowling far too short far too often. Van Meekeren is the latest offender, twice making the ball sit up and beg and Roy duly obliges, swatting both dismissively for four. The ball between was fuller and nip backed to hit Roy on the thighpad, too high and did too much for an appeal, though but it should have given the bowler a clue that fuller can tie them up more than the short stuff on a benign pitch.

02:28 PM

OVER 7: ENG 60/0 (Roy 22 Salt 34) chasing 245   

Klaassen may well think he should have stayed in Kent on the evidence of this spell. Roy throws his hands at cut and bottom edges it past his stumps for four. The old French cut there, as Terry Wogan, if he were a cricket lover, might say. Klaassen keeps plugging away with half-trackers after England run a leg-bye and Salt top edges a pull that was six inches short of a six at long stop.

02:25 PM

OVER 6: ENG 51/0 (Roy 18 Salt 30) chasing 245 

Salt is keeping the fielders interested with a lap sweep that just eludes diving short fine leg and a lofted on drive that whizzes wide of De Leede's effort to sacrifice his hands to the Dutch cause. The two other fours off the over come from stunning strokes, a murderous cover drive and percussive pull though midwicket.

02:22 PM

OVER 5: ENG 33/0 (Roy 18 Salt 12) chasing 245 

Salt works Klaassen's off-cuter through midwicket for two and pings a nice on drive for a single. Roy sways inside the line of a wide and then takes on another short ball, splicing it over midwicket for two. That's the first mistake he has made but fortune favours the brave etc

02:16 PM

OVER 4: ENG 27/0 (Roy 16 Salt 9) chasing 245

Salt's approach means there are certain shots where risk is rewarded rather than the beauty of his technique. Van Beek, reaching the mid 80s in pace, invites the pull with a short one. Salt RSVPs and top edges it over the keeper for four.

02:13 PM

OVER 3: ENG 22/0 (Roy 16 Salt 4) chasing 245

What is it with all these left-armers. I tell you, it's a sign of the apocalypse. Klaassen slants one across Roy into the slot and he gives it the kitchen sink, slicing it behind point for four. The next one is pitched up and Roy harpoons a drive to the cover sweeper for two.

The batsmen are having a blast.

02:09 PM

OVER 2: ENG 14/0 (Roy 10 Salt 4) chasing 245

England have had a look at Van Beek in the last two games and gorge on a couple of errors in length. Salt drives the overpitched one through cover for three, too much toe, not enough bully beef, but Roy middles the short one, carving it behind point for four. Van Beek goes full again, swinging it into the pads and Roy walks down to caress it down to midwicket for four more.

02:03 PM

OVER 1: ENG 2/0 (Roy 1 Salt 1) chasing 245

Klaassen is a brisk left-arm swing bowler who starts full and with shape into the right-handers. Roy gets away with a back foot slap through cover for a single. After three deliveries around 82mph, Klaassen bends his back to bang in an 87mph bumper at Salt which rears up over Salt's shoulder. Tidy start.

02:00 PM

The players are out

Kent's Fred Klaassen has the new ball.

01:33 PM

Some change of innings listening

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01:31 PM

England will chase 245

Netherlands look about 250 100 short to make a match of this unless Van Meekeren and Klaassen can hit their straps after their Blast stints.

Willey was the pick of the bowlers but Rashid, Payne and Carse all chipped in valuably.

Lunch. Play will resume in about 20 minutes.

01:28 PM


Van Meekeren b Willey 2 The No11 tries to cart a full delivery over midwicket, misses and Willey knocks back off stump to fnish with 8.2-0-36-4.  FOW 244 for 10

01:27 PM

OVER 49: NED 234/9 (Klaassen 2 Van Meekeren 2)             

Edwards left it very late to try to hit over the top and picked the wrong ball to take on. Good thinking by Payne and impressive defensive work by England's bowlers in the middle overs to set up opportunities to go for the jugular

01:23 PM


Edwards c Roy b Payne 64  Maiden ODI wicket for Payne after Livingstone's earlier drop. Payne gulled him with the slower ball and he takes the invitation to go over midwicket, realising he'd been duped too late, clothing it to mid on.  FOW 240/9

01:23 PM

OVER 48: NED 237/8 (Edwards 64 Klaassen 0)             

England have suffocated Holland here and Willey has been instrumental in that, picking up his third wicket off only eight overs.

01:20 PM


Dutt b Willey 0  Swings one through a big swish to knock back leg and middle. Clever bowling - he tempted Dutt to drive but gave him no room to swing his arms properly and it snuck between bat and pad. FOW 237/8

01:20 PM

OVER 47: NED 234/7 (Edwards 62 Dutt 0)           

Payne takes the pace off to mess with Edwards' timing successfully. He has to wait and wait. He misses a pull, having virtually completed his shot, and wears one on the forearm. They hustle for two as they do when they test the midwicket sweeper's arm. But Edwards is not a modern master blaster wicketkeeper batsman, no DK or Pant or Baistsow or Buttler. He's a nurdler and it's showing, however well he's doing relatively.

01:14 PM


Pringle run out 6  Pringle pushed to cover. There was no single there but the captain called him through and the student prince did a far, far better thing.  FOW 233/7

01:13 PM

OVER 46: NED 227/6 (Edwards 56 Pringle 6)           

Willey is yay close to pulling off a run out off his own bowling. He changes course in his followthrough, slides to short midwicket, grabs the ball in his left hand and shies at the stumps missing by a whisker. What a dynamic presence he is with bat, ball and in the field. There have only been 17 boundaries in the innings and no sixes.

01:07 PM

OVER 45 NED 220/6 (Edwards 53 Pringle 2)         

Rashid bowls out, going for four singles, and bows out with 10-0-41-1.

01:05 PM

OVER 44 NED 216/6 (Edwards 51 Pringle 0)         

England have turned the screw impressively, drying up boundaries, forcing exasperated batsmen to take on risks against a very sophisticated attack.

01:01 PM


Van Beek c Rashid b Willey 0 The all rounder had happy feet for all three balls of his brief innings and opened his stance to Willey, trying to flick over mid-on. He turned his bat too soon and the leading edge sent the ball down Rashid's gullet at mid off. FOW 216/6

01:01 PM

OVER 43 NED 215/4 (Edwards 50 De Leede 0)       

Rashid takes the disappointment at the failed review stoically and four balls later gets his man. Before he did, though, Edwards pats a single through cover to  ring up his half-century. Rashid totally kippered Nidamanuru who will be feeling like a proper Charlie back in the hutch right now.

12:56 PM


Nidamanuru st Buttler b Rashid 4 Floated a slower one above the eyeline, luring him down the pitch. It pitched, gripped and ripped past the edge and Buttler removed the bails.  FOW 215/5

12:56 PM


Done by the googly but there was a faint nick. Odd one because he also dragged his bat through the blockhole which made a huge spike before the second small one.

12:54 PM

England review

Nidamanuru lbw b Rashid Inside edge?

12:53 PM

OVER 42: NED 213/4 (Edwards 49 Nidamanuru 3)       

Nidamanuru is troubled by Carse's pace. The Dutch balcony puts up a board with 2 on it as a sign to the batsmen who duly run a pair if deuces after Carse almost turns Midamanuru into the 'lovely Debbie McGee' by slicing him in half with a nipbacker. His inside edge earns him a single.

12:49 PM

OVER 41: NED 207/4 (Edwards 44 Nidamanuru 2)       

That wicket, as they usually do for orthodox teams when batting, puts the brakes on. Paybe, varying his pace and length, keeps them down to four singles.

12:48 PM

OVER 40: NED 203/4 (Edwards 42 Nidamanuru 0)     

Carse bangs one in and De Leede pulls hard for four. He's a proper talent this lad. Edwards pulls another off a waist high full toss, smacking it through mid on with a tennis shot at shoulder height. Aiming for cow corner by dropping to one knee, De Leede misses the free hit. Going for a third boundary on the pull this over after Edwards takes  a single down to third man, he holes out for a very good 56 off 78 balls after a partnership of 84 off 94.

12:42 PM


De Leede c Rashid b Carse 56  Having nailed two pulls, he splices a third. Rashid, whose fielding is a testament to self-improvement plus the benefit of good coaching and hard work, runs around from short midwicket to catch the swirler with a dive to his right.  FOW 203/4

12:39 PM

OVER 39: NED 192/3 (De Leede 51 Edwards 37)     

Payne replaces Rashid. He's been fantastic at the death in domestic white-ball games, taking the pace off. Edwards heaves two off his body, Carse responds with a couple of short balls, one as Edwards walked inside the line and tried (but failed) to con a wide, the second trimming his nostril hairs as it flashed past his grille.

12:35 PM

OVER 38: NED 190/3 (De Leede 51 Edwards 35)   

Carse replaces Curran, oversteps and concedes a free hit. Canny lad, though because he goes for the rapid cross-seamer down the corridor and Edwards swings so hard he almost knocks himself off his feet ... and misses.

Malan puts down a chance at long leg. He runs in, slides but grasses the top-edged hook. They run two and two more when flicking across the line to midwicket.

12:30 PM

OVER 37: NED 182/3 (De Leede 50 Edwards 29)   

A maiden ODI fifty for De Leede, driving over cover for a single, one of only two for the over which, given how many they will need to make a game of this and how many wickets they have in hand is frustrating the commentators. It's Rashid, though. He's not the best in the world for nothing.

12:23 PM

OVER 36: NED 180/3 (De Leede 49 Edwards 28) 

Curran comes round the wicket to De Leede who drives through extra for three to cement the fifty partnership. The trumpeter is back. I prefer the disco. Edwards pats a single to point and hares down the other end, De Leede farms the strike with a tuck off the inside edge down to long leg.

More drinks on a toasty day.

12:20 PM

OVER 35: NED 174/3 (De Leede 45 Edwards 26) 

Rashid switches ends and Edwards breaks the boundary drought with a massive heave across the lin that deposits the ball over mid-on for four. Normal service is resumed thereafter. Edwards clouts the wrong un for a single, De Leede pushes a single down to long on and Edwards fiddles one fine off his legs.

12:17 PM

OVER 34: NED 166/3 (De Leede 43 Edwards 20)

Back comes Sam Curran and he opts to use the bouncer liberally again, De Leede pulling one for two and another for a single, riding the bounce and rolling his wrists on it. When he pitches up, De Leede plays tip and run down to the cover sweeper and glides one Root-style down to third man.

12:13 PM

OVER 33: NED 159/3 (De Leede 37 Edwards 19)

Netherlands are going well but the boundary drought has to be a concern. Amazing to think that England's spinners going at five an over only 20 years ago would have been seen as a disgrace. Now it's a triumph giving the advances in striking power and ludicrously meatier bats.

Edwards works two through midwicket and a single off Livingstone to point. De Leede runs hard to filch a couple of singles to cover.

12:07 PM

OVER 32: NED 154/3 (De Leede 35 Edwards 16)

Edwards needs new gloves already, four balls into Rashid's sixth over, after sliding to make his ground when hustling two with an onside flick. Rashid spears one across the Holland captain to invite the sweep but the batsman doesn't connect, Buttler cannot get a hand to it cleanly and they add a single to the wide.  No boundaries for nine overs.

12:05 PM

OVER 31: NED 147/3 (De Leede 33 Edwards 13)

Niall O'Brien likens Livingstone to Anil Kumble, at least in terms of his 58mph average pace. Bowling at that speed targets the pads as well as the stumps and the edge, particularly when there is no turn available. Edwrds uses his feet to drive for two and rocks back to cut a single.

12:01 PM

OVER 30: NED 143/3 (De Leede 32 Edwards 10)

Fine fielding fron Willey when De Leede flays his hockey cover drive off Rashid that was worth four but has to settle for two instead. Middle over torpor as per. England will be relaxed about going for only five an over. Livingstone is at his bets when there's a right- and left-hand partnership but his leg-spin is being given a rare extended spell.

11:58 AM

OVER 29: NED 138/3 (De Leede 28 Edwards 9)                         

Five singles off Livingstone's sixth over, De Leede's three patted into the offside, Edwards with cross-bat shots including a sweep which loops up off the top edge and sails over Buttler.

11:56 AM

OVER 28: NED 133/3 (De Leede 25 Edwards 7)                       

Rashid spies Edwards shaping to reverse him, pushes it wider, forcing the batsman to switch his hands back and tries to nurdle it down to fine leg while his wrong knee is on the ground. Surprised he kept his balance. He couldn't reach it and Rashid is penalised with a wide called. I thought that was clever bowling. No justice.

11:53 AM

OVER 27: NED 130/3 (De Leede 24 Edwards 6)                       

Edwards is the Dutch Mr 360 and unwraps his reverse sweep to flip three through point. Would have gone for four but for a good dive. De Leede cleaves a cut off Livingstone for two, taking on the arm to double his return.

11:49 AM

OVER 26: NED 124/3 (De Leede 21 Edwards 3)                       

Four singles are gleaned cautiously off Rashid's over, Edwards working the googly behind square and flicking a leg break into the onside. Both De Leede's are taken in the arc between long off and cover.

11:46 AM

Interesting news from Headingley

One Overton, not two. Jamie will make his debut.

11:45 AM

OVER 25: NED 120/3 (De Leede 19 Edwards 1)                     

Strange dismissal, in that O'Dowd hung around and asked De Leede whether he should review before walking off. He must have known he edged it?

Enter Edwards and Livingstone interrogates him with turn and bounce. Edwards takes four balls to get off the mark, finally connecting with his drive to push a single down to long off.

11:42 AM


O'Dowd c Buttler b Livingstone 50 Done by the leg-break he scratches an edge through to the keeper who takes a smart catch. FOW 119/3

11:41 AM

OVER 24: NED 118/2 (O'Dowd 50 De Leede 18)                     

Fifty for Max O'Dowd, Auckland born but whose mother is Dutch. He uses his feet to get down to Rashid and taps him for a single.

11:39 AM

OVER 23: NED 115/2 (O'Dowd 49 De Leede 16)                   

O'Dowd drills Livingstone for two through cover then cuffs a cut shot in front of square for a single. De Leede plays a glorious cover drive that was pure Buttler, wrists breaking perfectly on connection then snapping sweetly through the line for four. NHL slap shot.

11:35 AM

OVER 22: NED 107/2 (O'Dowd 46 De Leede 11)                   

Leggies from both ends. Time for Rashid. O'Dowd presses a single though cover, De Leede works the flatter one for two through midwicket but that's the only damage.

11:33 AM

OVER 21: NED 104/2 (O'Dowd 45 De Leede 9)                 

England appeal for a caught behind off O'Dowd when the ball zips past his gloves on to his pad and loops up to Buttler. The umpire shakes his head and there's no review. It was close to the hand but not close enough.

One turns violently enough to beat O'Dowd and canon off the tip of Buttler's right middle finger and they run a bye.

11:30 AM

OVER 20: NED 99/2 (O'Dowd 44 De Leede 8)                 

After his wicket in his last over, Carse continues for a fifth in the spell. Like the mist underrated player in England's World Cup-winning side, Liam Plunkett, he has the pace and height to take top-order wickets and eke out a few in the middle overs, too.

After five dot balls, De Leede opens the face to square drive for four.  Shot!

11:25 AM

OVER 19: NED 95/2 (O'Dowd 44 De Leede 4)               

Licorice Livingstone is given first honours with spin. He bowls leg spin to right handers. O'Dowd laps a single, De Leede gets off the mark with a pat through cover. The more the over goes on, the more flight Livingstone finds but there is only gentle turn at best and each of the final three balls is pushed into the offside for comfortable singles.

11:21 AM

OVER 18: NED 89/2 (O'Dowd 42 De Leede 0)               

Drinks does the business again for England. Both have enjoyed pulling but Cooper should have rolled his wrists on that one. Earlier in the over he had exploited the pace to glide a single with minimum application down through third man.              

11:18 AM


Cooper c Livingstone b Carse 33  Livingstone doesn't give Cooper a second life, taking a good catch to his right at deep backward square, sliding on his knees to grasp a top-edged pull.  FOW 88/2

11:11 AM

OVER 17: NED 84/1 (O'Dowd 41 Cooper 29)             

Big shout from Sam Curran when he pins O'Dowd on the front foot from over the wicket. He was trying to flick it round the corner. It would have hit the stumps but the seam, if not the left side of the ball, pitched outside leg. Close shave.  Time for drinks.

11:08 AM

OVER 16: NED 82/1 (O'Dowd 40 Cooper 28)             

England have been far too short today on this pitch, which is slower than the one used for the first two ODIs. Cooper can't get away until the fourth ball, pulling down for a single. Carse's slower ball dribbles across the right-hander and is called wide. O'Dowd Roots a single off an open face down to third man and then Carse pins Cooper painfully above the knee on the back leg via a feathered inside edge.

11:03 AM

OVER 15: NED 79/1 (O'Dowd 39 Cooper 27)           

The runs are coming. Mind you if 73mph bouncers like the one Curran starts his over with, aren't being chastised for four, there's no hope for international cricket. O'Dowd squirts the next ball for a single down to third man and Curran decides to come back over the wicket, pitches up and Cooper drives through cover for a single. O'Dowd is treated to another short one which he pulls for a single. More short stuff follows ... too short ... and another wide goes into the scorebook.

It has been a good fightback by the Oranje. I'm sure Morgan would have had a spinner on before now.

10:59 AM

OVER 14: NED 70/1 (O'Dowd 33 Cooper 25)           

O'Dowd finally gets hold of a short one as he would wish and carts it over midwicket for four. An inside-edge on to the pads stifles Carse's appeal halfway up his throat and they run a single. Cooper is tested with the short ball, too, and he also executes the pull properly, cuffing it behind square for four.

10:56 AM

OVER 13: NED 60/1 (O'Dowd 28 Cooper 20)         

Curran comes round the wicket to O'Dowd and pings down that skiddy bouncer that surprises even the best. O'Dowd shapes to pull and gloves it over gully for a single. Cooper goes deep into his crease to work a single through the inside before O'Dowd is almost done by the bounce again. It climbs on him as he tried to punch off the back foot and flies off the splice ... just short of point.

10:53 AM

OVER 12: NED 58/1 (O'Dowd 27 Cooper 19)         

Brydon Carse, an upright right-armer, comes on to break up the monopoly of the diabolists. His pace is encouragingly up in the high 80s. Cooper taps one off his pads for a single, O'Dowd, with no thought for the wisdom of the front foot pull against someone who can breach 90mph, fends a pull fine for a single. Carse ends the over with a fast half-volley on a fifth stump line and  I might well have a dirty mind, or filthy ears, but I am sure Cooper berates himself for missing out with some very salty verbal self-flagellation

10:46 AM

OVER 11: NED 56/1 (O'Dowd 26 Cooper 18)       

Sam Curran is the first change. England's 'left-arm good ...' policy at work here. Mum, they're taking over. Curran starts with a short, loose pie on O'Dowd's pads and he flicks it fine to bring up the four. He strays too close to middle and leg again and O'Dowd fiddles it round the corner for a single. Cooper goes on the charge, Curran drags his length back and fires in a bouncer that ramps over his head. Buttler leaps up but can only parry it and doubles the penalty to two wides.

10:42 AM

OVER 10: NED 47/1 (O'Dowd 20 Cooper 17)       

Payne scrambles the seam to slant one across O'Dowd who chases it and is two coats of linseed oil from nicking it. Payne tries the short one, O'Dowd, like Singh, chooses to pull on the front foot and manages to biff it away with one hand for four as his bottom hand comes loose with the force of his swing.

That's the end of the Powerplay.

10:39 AM

OVER 9: NED 38/1 (O'Dowd 14 Cooper 15)     

Two terrific strokes from Cooper, both on the front foot. The first is as elegant as Burlington Bertie, creamed through long on for four as Willey keeps the ball full. The second comes when Willey tries the slower ball. And why not? The quicker one did for Singh, Cooper picks it and pumps it through extra-cover for four.

The final ball is short and on his hip. He shovels it round the corner for his third boundary of the over.

10:34 AM

OVER 8: NED 24/1 (O'Dowd 13 Cooper 2)     

If it were not Payne's debut and he were not such a genial soul, he could add Adil Rashid to his list. O'Dowd opens the face to dab down to third man where Rashid runs round to collect and lets it slip through his legs for four. Nuts!

10:32 AM

OVER 7: NED 20/1 (O'Dowd 9 Cooper 2)   

Just a single each off Willey's fourth over, both of them using the inswing to tickle them into the onside.

10:30 AM

OVER 6: NED 18/1 (O'Dowd 8 Cooper 1)   

A rarely seen incident at least at this level. Livingstone is stationed perfectly at short midwicket to pouch Cooper's top edge when he tries to pull Payne. But it steeples into the sun and he loses sight of it, takes evasive action and the ball lands about six inches away from sconning him on the head.  They run a single. Payne, an understanding soul, runs over to give him a pat. Just as Jimmy or Stuart Broad would have done ...

David Payne of England is presented with his first cap by batting coach Mark Alleyne during the 3rd One Day International between Netherlands and England at VRA Cricket Ground - Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
David Payne of England is presented with his first cap by batting coach Mark Alleyne during the 3rd One Day International between Netherlands and England at VRA Cricket Ground - Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

10:24 AM

OVER 5: NED 16/1 (O'Dowd 7 Cooper 0) 

'Shot of the day!' as Richie Benaud used to say. After Willey sends down the match's second wide, he hangs one outside O'Dowd's off stump and the right hander takes two steps towards him and creams it over cover for four.

Willey isn't quick but he is when you try to pull him on the front foot which is what Singh attempted to do ... and paid the price.

10:20 AM


Singh c Malan b Willey 6  Dave Willey bags him for the third time in the series. The tall left-hander has looked flappy all morning and hasn't done his talent justice in any of the matches. Willey fires a bouncer in at Singh's body. He hasn't got the room to pull he thinks he has, fiddles it round the corner off the top edge by the splice and short midwicket runs in to take a diving catch. FOW 16/1

10:16 AM

OVER 4: NED 10/0 (Singh 6 O'Dowd 2) 

Netherlands are rattled by the movement and the number of dot balls. Singh essays a 'What the heck' swish at one tailing away and edges it over the slips for four. Payne drops shorter, Singh has a nudge at it, misses, wears it on the hip and hobbles a leg-bye.

O'Dowd is given the compliment of  having a slip removed. They want him to drive, which he does, for a single. Why not keep two in while Payne is bowling to him so full and with such good shape?

10:12 AM

OVER 3: NED 3/0 (Singh 2 O'Dowd 1)

Dominic Cork leans out of the commentary box and congratulates David Payne on a fine first over. His advice? "Get an early wicket, mate." Well, quite.

More swing for Willey and some seam movement too for the left-handed Singh who is standing outside leg stump to allow him to swing his arms through the line to anything on off. That's how he earns the solitary single off the over, squirting it off the edge down to third man.

10:08 AM

OVER 2: NED 2/0 (Singh 1 O'Dowd 1)

Gloucestershire's David Payne, who was given his cap by the former Glorse captain Mark Alleyen this morning, takes the other new ball. He's brisk - 84mph, and bowls very full, allowing the ball to shape in naturally. He starts with a testing maiden, finding the inside edge of O'Dowd's bat and the opener gets a wee but frustrated by the last ball and has an airy yahoo at it but misses it by miles.

10:05 AM

OVER 1: NED 2/0 (Singh 1 O'Dowd 1)

Vikramjit Singh gets the scoreboard rolling by slicing a cut down to third man for a single. Good bounce from the new pitch for David Willey. They take out a slip for O'Dowd and almost immediately regret it when one climbs on the right-hander, catches the shoulder of the bat and flies between where second and third slip would be. Could have been snaffled with a flying leap ... possibly. They run a single.

10:01 AM

The openers are out

And once again England have an all left-arm pace attack. Willey will take the first new ball.

09:42 AM

Netherlands also make two changes

Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren, as expected, come in for Shane Snater and Vivian Kingma. No more family feuds for Snater with Jason Roy.

Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (capt/wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Fred Klaassen.

09:40 AM

Two changes for England

Sam Curran (and not Luke Wood) replaces Eoin Morgan; David Payne comes in for Reece Topley.

England line up thus:

Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (capt/wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Brydon Carse, Adil Rashid, David Payne.

09:38 AM

England have won the toss

And put Netherlands in.

09:34 AM

Good morning

And welcome to coverage of the third ODI from glorious Amstelveen. Eoin Morgan, after two ducks in two innings so far on tour, misses out with a groin strain which, given the injury forced retirement of Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar after only one game of the series makes this no country for old skips.

England's band, a blend of members of the aristocracy of white-ball cricket and irregulars, have played well and, predictably, blown Netherlands away but that's not the point. If we want cricket to thrive, we have to support not just its spread but its development too and England's visit gives the Dutch not only experience but the TV, ground and catering revenue to carry on their excellent work. And who can say anyone has disgraced himself. There have been some very good performances, notably from new captain Scott Edwards, Tim Vincent and Max O'Dowd while Bas de Leede has show his enormous potential, more with ball than bat so far. Yes, he has been costly but pace like that will always find him work.

And today they welcome back a couple of their county players who were playing in the championship during the first two ODIs: Paul van Meekeren and Fred Klaassen, which should give their attack more balance and greater threat.

We have a new pitch today, too which should suit Luke Wood, if he gets a run out should they choose to manage Reece Topley's workload. Toppers' Jnr never looks like the kind of bloke that would take too kindly to being told to rest but it is in his and England's best interests to have him available for both World Cups.

Play starts at 10. And we'll have news of the toss and line-ups imminently.

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