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International Cricket - Cricket: Netherlands v England - First ODI Preview

Performances have been hit and miss from England's ODI side since their World Cup triumph and they will feel they need a performance when they face the Netherlands in a three-match series starting this Friday in Amstelveen.

England, under the stewardship of new white-ball head coach Matthew Mott, are 1/20 to win the match, with the hosts 10/1.

What: Netherlands v England, first ODI

Where: VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen

When: Friday 17th June, 10:00

How to watch: Sky Sports Cricket and bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Odds: Netherlands 10/1, England 1/20

Dutch face uphill challenge

It could yet be a key year for the Netherlands, who are preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in July with the final two spots in the tournament still up for grabs.

But their form in ODIs has been less than impressive.

They have managed only two wins in 13 matches in the ongoing Cricket World Cup Super League, putting them bottom of the standings.

And going into their opener with England in Amstelveen, they are not helped by the absences of, amongst others, county-contracted talents Colin Ackermann and Brandon Glover.

Meanwhile, their head coach Ryan Campbell is absent due to health issues, with Ryan Cook overseeing things for now.

Having lost each of their last six matches in the format, they look about right at 10/1 to win the opening ODI but they have been far from clueless at the crease, managing at least 200 runs in all but one of those games.

And, they can take comfort from the fact that Eoin Morgan's England will also be at half-strength for the series.

Second-string England looking for improvement on last year

The ongoing Test series with New Zealand has left England short of some key players for these encounters, while injuries to bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer will not help matters.

Since lifting the World Cup three years ago, England have suffered series defeats to India, Ireland and Australia in the ODI format, although they did overpower Pakistan 3-0 in July 2021.

Ultimately, consistency has evaded them and a refresh in personnel may not be the worst thing for the reigning world champions.

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Payne rewarded for Blast performances

There is certainly a left-arm focus to the England squad selected for the series in the Netherlands, with Reece Topley, Sam Curran and David Willey all involved.

But with a lack of ODI form to go off, selectors have also looked to domestic performances to determine their options and it is no surprise to see David Payne in the squad.

The Gloucestershire fast-medium bowler has put in some terrific performances in the T20 Blast this season, topping the wicket-taking charts with 17 scalps and at 4/1, he could represent value to be England's top bowler in the first ODI at the VRA Cricket Ground.

Malan looking to build on Yorkshire form

One of only a handful of big names in England's squad, Jos Buttler leads the way in the Player of the Match market at 9/2 and is 13/5 to be the top England batsman.

But since 2020, his returns in ODIs have been underwhelming, with just 29 runs recorded in his last six innings.

It could therefore pay to look elsewhere in the batting markets and Dawid Malan should not be ruled out to top score for his country.

Malan often comes under scrutiny for his performances at the top of the order but he is averaging 39.50 across six ODIs for England and has been a fairly consistent source of runs for Yorkshire in this season's Blast.

Malan has scored 176 runs across his six matches in the franchise competition and could be a decent outside selection at 6/1 to top score for the tourists.

Youngter Dutt has bright future

The days of Ryan ten Doeschate are well behind the Netherlands but in teenage spinner Aryan Dutt, they could have a dangerous bowler in their ranks.

Dutt claimed the scalp of powerhouse Nicholas Pooran in all three matches between the Netherlands and the West Indies in June and has taken wickets in all but two of the ODIs he has played in for his country.

This series would be an excellent opportunity for the 19-year-old to announce himself on a bigger stage and punters could do worse than back him at 7/2 to be his side's top wicket-taker.

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