It’s nearly a year since Joe Root played an ODI. Obviously thats due in principal part to his ridiculously onerous work as Test captain, but you also wonder if maybe he’s lost his place – Dawid Malan looks nicely ensconced at no3. However the World Cup is not only in October but also in India, and surely there’s no way Morgan will be without his deft accumulation in such circumstance. Australia or South Africa, maybe you go with another top-of-the-bounce power-hitter, but on the subcontinent? I’d very much hope not.
We should be good to get our match eventually, but.
Liam Livingstone, then. His 66 off 22 the other day gave him a strike-rate of 300.00, better even that Jos Buttler’s paltry 231.43. There’s a part of me that wonders if he might be worth a Test-match punt at some point (because yes, England are in dire need of some lower-middle order biffing).
Do we think Netherlands could play in a slightly oranger shade of orange? I believe neon is back in too – they could do something extremely serious with that tremendous development. It’d be very.
And also Very.
Guess who’s daughter left their glasses at swimming? Oh yeah. But we’re back now and telly coverage commences presently, so we’ll have a better idea of what’s what in the immediate future.
There’ll be a pitch inspection at 9.45am BST. There are rumours that some of the rain found its way under the covers, in which case we might be a way away from a start – especially given the forecast is for more of the stuff. But we should be dry from early afternoon onwards.
In synagogue yesterday, a mate was wondering if getting tonked to all corners was actually of any use to the Netherlands side, but I’ve no such doubts in that regard. Years ago, I remember someone asking Andre Agassi if he felt bad smashing up younger players and he said that he didn’t because he needed those up-smashings to improve. On top of which, just being in the middle and watching how the top players do it is instructive, to say nothing of the 266 the home side compiled in response, under pressure of humiliation. It’s to cricket’s shame that the game remains the preserve of so few nations, and anything the richer ones can do to inspire the rest of the world is a cause for celebration – even if that means to use them to the tune of 498-4.
I’ll refrain from recording this as a key event until it’s confirmed, but a delayed start looks likely, reports the indispensable Cricinfo.
The scene is wet, plenty of movement from the groundstaff but not much from the players as yet. Would be surprised if the toss is on-time but we shall see.” Some talk of an inspection from the umpires at 10.45am (which would definitely mean a delayed toss).
I say this a lot, but for those of us who remember the 80s and 90s, England’s one-day prowess will never cease feeling bizarre. What’s especially ludicrous about it all is the strength in depth – they did what they did the other day without Jonny Bairstow, perhaps their greatest-ever limited overs batter, Joe Root, perhaps their most reliable-ever limited overs batter, and Ben Stokes, Their most Ben Stokes-ever limited overs batter. How good they are not normal.
Well, here’s another potential solution: Seelaar mightn’t play today, say Cricinfo – he’s got a back situation – and there might also be a rain situation. It’s dry now, but there was plenty of it overnight, so whether we can start on time depends on the quality of Amstelveen’s drainage.
There’ve been many fateful words spoken in the cricketing history, but painful in recent times, few as as “We’ll have a bowl please”. But when the coin fell on Friday morning, that’s exactly what Pietaar Seelaar said, and but a few hours later, his team were on the wrong end of an absolute tumping.
It’s not hard to see why he made the call he did – he probably fancied chasing and feared the skittling that could end the match quicksmart. But that went as it went, meaning the question of what to do today will be bothering him something fierce this morning.
On the one hand, England’s bowling is nowhere near as fearsome as England’s batting, so taking first knock makes some sense. Yet, on the other, why should his improving team compromise? Maybe it’s best just hope that Eoin Morgan – whose golden duck the other day was one of the great captain’s sacrifices – calls wrong.
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