Jason Roy scores century as England defeat Netherlands in ODI series

England defeats the Netherlands in a three-match ODI series after Jason Roy scores a century.

As England easily defeated the Netherlands 3-0, Jason Roy scored his tenth one-day international century. England chased down 245 in just 30.1 overs to win the third and final ODI at Amstelveen.

The tourists easily achieved their small mark thanks to the 15 boundaries that Roy hit in his unbroken 101 off 86 deliveries and the seven fours and five sixes that Jos Buttler hit in his 86 not out from 64 deliveries.

When Paul van Meekeren produced a double-bounce no-ball that Buttler sent into the bleachers before striking the ensuing free hit for another six runs, Buttler scored 13 off two balls in one particularly extraordinary period.

While fellow left-armer David Payne (1-38) sent back Netherlands captain and top scorer Scott Edwards for 64 to win his first ODI wicket, David Willey was the standout bowler, collecting 4-36 to help the Dutch be defeated for 244.

Edwards was one of three batters for the hosts to reach the fifty-run mark; the others were Max O’Dowd (50) and Bas de Leede (56), but all three were guilty of failing to press forward and raise their team’s total to a more difficult mark.

Van Meekeren (2-59) briefly put an end to the batting by taking two wickets in three balls after England’s reply got off to a quick start with Roy and Phil Salt (49 off 30) putting up 85 in less than 10 overs.

The bowling of Salt and Malan, the latter round his legs for a second-ball duck, only served to send Buttler to the crease, where he and Roy quickly pulled in their target with little fuss.

Payne was forced to wait for his debut blow

At the toss, Buttler, who was serving as captain in place of the injured Eoin Morgan, chose to bat first for the Netherlands. Willey soon repaid Buttler’s intelligence by dismissing Vikramjit Singh (6) in the fifth over.

Tom Cooper, who was on nothing, top-edged Payne into the air in the following over, which should have given him an early breakthrough as well. However, Liam Livingstone lost the ball in the sun and failed to make the catch. To finally take his maiden ODI wicket, the Gloucestershire seamer would have to wait until the last over of the innings.

Cooper profited from the oversight, putting 72 runs together with O’Dowd for the second wicket, before Livingstone (1-40) took advantage of the situation by eventually dismissing Cooper (33) on the deep-square boundary and catching O’Dowd behind the stumps.

The Netherlands’ scoring significantly slowed after De Leede and Edwards rebuilt, another sizable partnership of 84, but after the former fell to Brydon Carse (2-49), a rush of wickets followed as the lower order desperately tried to increase the rate in the final 10 overs.

Tim Pringle was run out after a terrible mix-up with Edwards, and Willey cleaned up the tail. Adil Rashid (1-41) took up Teja Nidamanuru for four thanks to a sharp stumping from Buttler behind the stumps.

Roy and Buttler give England a decisive advantage

Roy and Salt were the architects of up to 15 boundaries in England’s first nine and a half overs of their reply, compared to the 17 boundaries the Netherlands managed in their entire innings.

Before Van Meekeren eventually found the proper length to dismiss Salt, one short of a third score of fifty or more in the series, and then pick up Malan two balls later, the home attack was repeatedly guilty of bowling too short, with the England openers gorging on anything pounded in.

However, there wouldn’t be a shocking batting collapse as Roy and Buttler shared a 163-run unbroken stand in 125 balls to get England home with 119 balls remaining.

Roy did present one opportunity at 72 when Fred Klaassen snared a superb return catch off his own bowling, but he quickly cruised to his tenth ODI century off 86 deliveries before Buttler clinched a convincing victory with his fifth six of an excellent game.

Back: Buttler and Stokes Morgan’s bad performance

Given the abundance of potential, Roy and Buttler concurred that England’s future was promising. The interim captain singled out Salt, Carse, and Payne for admiration.

Morgan received support from Buttler as well. Buttler expressed confusion about talk about Morgan’s future and insisted that everything the limited-overs captain has accomplished “doesn’t just go away overnight.”

In 2019, Morgan transformed England’s white-ball fortunes and guided them to their first 50-over World Cup victory, but he has gone over a year without scoring a half-century in one-day internationals or Twenty20 matches.

He lost to the Netherlands by eight wickets on Wednesday after recording two consecutive ducks.

His absence was explained as preventative, but Buttler, who filled in as captain for the final game against the Dutch, claimed Morgan still had the team’s support even if form and fitness problems persist.

There is undoubtedly no internal debate over his standing, according to Buttler.

“I struggle to express what he has accomplished. The fact that he has been an outstanding batsman for England in more over 200 ODIs is sometimes forgotten in the constant discussion of his leadership. This doesn’t happen over night. He has the support of the entire team.

Ben Stokes, the captain of the Test team, defended his white-ball counterpart with much greater candour.

On the eve of England’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, Stokes remarked, “Well, he’s just had two poor scores so I wouldn’t say he’s going through a bad time at the moment.

“I believe that the players have demonstrated that this is not a problem for them, and that the press is the only one who is criticising him.

“People are permitted to make few runs, and he’s also our captain. I have no problems with anything going on with him right now because he is and always will be a fantastic leader.”


Last update: : June 23, 2022

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