Well, it’s been a fun week on the continent. Records broken, press-box windows broken, and historical precedents smashed to smithereens too, with the ECB finally deigning to take on their nearest cricketing neighbours (as the crow flies from their respective HQs at any rate) in a full bilateral series.
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
In the spotlight
Netherlands (possible): 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Bas de Leede, 5 Scott Edwards (capt/wk), 6 Teja Nidamanuru, 7 Logan van Beek, 8 Tim Pringle, 9 Shane Snater/Aryan Dutt, 10 Paul van Meekeren, 11 Fred Klaassen
England(possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Phil Salt, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jos Buttler (wk), 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 David Willey, 9 Brydon Carse/Sam Curran, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley/Luke Wood
Pitch and conditions
After two matches on the same (record-breaking) strip of turf, a new pitch, two strips across, has been prepared for the final contest, one that would appear to be drier and therefore may offer more for the spinners on both sides – even Adil Rashid has struggled to make an impact so far with two wickets for 109 across 19 overs. After the dank conditions for Sunday’s game, the sun is set to make a return on Wednesday, which temperatures in the mid-20s Celsius throughout.
Stats and trivia
“They’ve both been around for a long time and they bring a lot of experience and knowledge. Whatever the team ends up looking like, we’re confident we can hopefully put in a good performance for this last game.”
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards hopes that Klaassen and van Meekeren’s inclusion can give England’s batting an extra challenge
“The thing that’s forgotten is that Morgs [Eoin Morgan] is an unbelievable leader. He’s the leader of our team and everybody knows that he’s only one score away so I’m sure that will come very soon and he’ll be off and running again.”
Liam Livingstone has no doubt that a return to form for Eoin Morgan is only a matter of time
Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket