Posted by: tootingtrumpet | February 23, 2011

England vs The Netherlands – The Final Over of the Day

What's Dutch for (nearly) plus ca change?

Ball One – Ryan ten Doeschate is exactly the kind of cricketer who would have got his chance in England’s ODI set up, having had a lot of success in county cricket and being useful in all three disciplines. In List A cricket, RtD averages 47 with the bat and 27 with the ball, which compares favourably with his Essex team-mate and opponent today, Ravi Bopara, whose numbers are 38 and 26 respectively. To RtD’s credit, he has always been completely committed to The Netherlands, even if it’s not the country of his birth.

Ball Two – Disconcertingly for England, their performance in the the field has looked as tired and jaded as their performances in the ODI series vs Australia. With over five weeks of the tournament still to come, this does not augur well for Strauss’ boys. Changes to The Ashes scheduling will mean that World Cups will not follow England’s longest tour again. Putting all that to one side, shouldn’t professional players be able to deal with two days cricket per week, even with significant (comfortable) travel from venue to venue?

Ball Three – Like all the smartest batsmen, RtD has succeeded in making England play the man and not the ball in the field. His belligerence and willingness to take the initiative has worked on England’s lack of patience and got his side up to a very decent score. Half way through Day Four, the tournament feels alive for the first time.

Ball Four – As he gets older, Andrew Strauss is scoring more quickly, with his fifty today coming from 34 balls, an almost Afridi-esque rate and most unlike an England opener. Okay, the bowling was hardly fierce, but Strauss puts away the bad ball as well as anyone in world cricket. He’s not as brutal as Virender Sehwag, but, like Shane Watson, he uses an orthodox technique to go at a run a ball without undue risks.

Ball Five – England, with a stiff, but not impossible target to chase, were ahead of the rate from the first over and have stayed ahead of the rate for the first half of their innings. If England have the skill to do so, it’s not a bad tactic to avoid falling behind the rate, since it can climb very rapidly if a wicket falls.

Ball Six – And that’s what happened. as England’s strokemakers failed to time the soft ball on a dying wicket and watched the rate climb throughout the second half of their innings. Quite how England so consistently manufacture tight finishes from any match situation, is a mystery. It used to be put down to England playing relatively fewer ODIs compared to other teams, but that is no longer the case. While England have shown that they can win T20 matches, any ODI victory still comes after a struggle (for players and fans).


The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at Testmatchsofa.com and on Twitter at @garynaylor999 and @Fakeadil.

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  1. If the trick to winning world cups is to start slowly and build then it could be another Australia v England final in India.

    • England were so slow that they were in reverse at times!

  2. I can’t decide whether to be relieved or delighted. Bit of both probably.

    This match is exactly what the tournament needed to bring it to life. Great to see one the minnows finally producing a strong performance, although as an England supporter I’m obviously glad they couldn’t manage to creep over the line in the end. Wonder what would have happened if they still had Dirk Nannes…

    • Nannes – yes!! The tournament definitely needed that.

  3. There were a couple of fairly freakish incidents towards the end of the Dutch innings which seemed to say a lot about how shabby England had gotten. First there was the fact that RtD reached his hundred with a five, and then hot on the heels there was the ridiculous situation where Broad took a wicket only to see it cancelled because England hadn’t set their field correctly. Surely there can be no excuse for something as elementary as that ?

    • I’ve seen Aus do that with numbers in the circle, but it is inexcusable. The wheels had fallen off all right and Strauss did a fine job with the bat to get England playing professionally again.

  4. A few years ago England would’ve managed to lose this game properly and with a bit of comic flair. Personally I blame Andy Flower and Strauss for ruining the fun.

  5. The only mistake the boys in Orange made all day was to bat first. Given the intensity of their first innings England would have been happy with a score similar to Australia’s yesterday, which I’d have backed the Netherland’s to chase down.

    • RtD in the mood is unstoppable. I think that if he had 310 to chase, he’d have got Netherlands there by accelerating earlier. England were lucky, though Ravi showed his cool head at the end.

  6. RTD’s one-day stats (and first-class stats) are helped a LOT by his regular destruction of minnows while playing for Holland. For Essex he averages 38 with the bat and 34 with the ball – still good numbers (and he’s been better than that in the last couple of county seasons), but not mindbogglingly brilliant.

    Also, he describes himself as “South African through and through”, so I suspect that his commitment to Holland is more one of convenience, getting to play international cricket during the off-season while earning a salary as a local player on the county scene. He’s missed plenty of games for Holland.

    • True David, But RtD has never shown interest in playing for any national side other than The Netherlands.

  7. I’d agree with JimDavis; I was ver surprised when the Oranje decided to bat first. On this showing, I’m even more worried about Ireland’s chances. One thing seems very clear to me; England are not going to win the tournament. The fielding was awful.

    • There’s precedent for sides that start poorly in tournaments and improve to win the whole thing (and not just in cricket). Ireland will have better bowling than the Dutch – I expect them to do better. Dutch batting + Irish bowling would be a formidable outfit!

      • Toots, if RtD gets going, I fear the Irish bowling will struggle.

        • This is the difficulty both Bangladesh and Ireland face in making the second round. Both are capable of knocking off West Indies (and to a lesser extent England), but both will also struggle to beat each other and the Netherlands (and maintain a healthy NRR when things go awry)

          • Russ – the format is so loaded against the associates. Poor show from the ICC which often boasts of its mission to expand the game. 2015 is even worse of course.

        • If RtD gets going, any bowlers would – but it’s such a key game for your lads, so they need to snare him quickly.

      • T20 world cup and the rain that saved England against Ireland is a perfect and recent enough example.


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