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.