England in the Netherlands – Jason Roy’s century led England to victory in the third ODI – Update Sport Today

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Jason Roy hit 101 of 86 balls and substitute captain Jos Buttler blasted 86 of 64 to help England to a comfortable eight-goal win over the Netherlands and seal an emphatic 3-0 one-day international draw.

Buttler replaced injured captain Eoin Morgan, who has suffered a groin injury, and saw Holland fired for 244 as Scott Edwards (64) top scorer.

David Willey completed the attack pick at 4-36 before England made light work of a total of 30.1 overs as Buttler and Roy guided them home unbeaten.


It was Buttler’s ninth time captaining England in the ODI and his record reads win six, lose three.

Morgan’s forcible absence meant he was not given the chance to make up for two back-to-back ducks in the first and second games at Amstelveen due to injury.

It will surely raise question marks about whether, at the age of 35 and with his form and fitness seemingly leaving him, he will continue as England captain.

His future on the team may be in doubt but the team that Morgan has built in his image continued their pirate approach to comfortably rid the world 14th-ranked Dutch side.

Buttler’s half wasn’t quite as stunning as his incredible 162 of 70 balls in the first ODI, but that was unlikely as he and Roy took England home relatively quietly.

The win gave England 10 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and saw them leapfrog Bangladesh to top spot in the competition, which determined qualification for the tournament in India in 16 months’ time.

A quiet day for captain Buttler when Willey shines

Buttler’s gray matter was not particularly challenged by the Dutch who, in fact, gave up their goal with poor shot selection as opposed to giving the stand-in captain a lot of tactical trouble.

On a court with a touch more grass than the first two ODIs, there was bounce and carry for England’s attack and the soft-spoken Buttler calmly and efficiently steered the process from behind the stump as he made a precise bowling change.

David Payne, another left winger from England, was a pity not to score his debut goal early on. A vicious short rose to Tom Cooper and scooped only for Liam Livingstone to be blown away by the sun and miss the skier in the middle of the goal.

Brydon Carse (2-49) clocked 90mph by the speed gun and, although at times recalcitrant, threatened as he counted Bas de Leede (56) and Cooper (33) to brake as Holland looked to accelerate.

England occasionally lost their discipline on the pitch – Dawid Malan caught a catch, Adil Rashid let the ball pass his feet and Buttler fumbled – but they turned the screw at the death.

The last 9.2 overs run in just 41 runs as Payne (1-38) and especially the impressive Willey – who was blown away by an all-saying 29 point ball – targeted the stump to seal the half against the inexperienced Dutch tail.

Roy and Butler dominate
England made a blistering start to catch up as Phil Salt (49) and Roy strengthened the Dutch attack with 85 stands for first goal.

However, they staggered when Paul van Meekeren (2-59) hit one back to knock out Salt’s stump, then two balls later saw Malan miss behind his feet after a misjudgment.

That brought Buttler into the fray and he quickly calmed every nerve with a two-part act. He brought his half-century break to, by his standards at least, 44 pedestrian balls.

The keeper then slipped effortlessly into gear, rattling England fans in the afternoon sun with the kind of destructive six seen in the record-breaking 498-4 in the first ODI.

In stark contrast to the usual captain Morgan, who looks utterly untouchable here, Buttler brings out form, finesse, and firepower with his bat.

Meanwhile Roy edged closer to back-to-back ODI hundreds, although he offered a catch-and-throw chance to Fred Klaassen on the 75th, Holland spilling the dolly.

Roy regrouped and, with Buttler catching him quickly, lifted his 86th century ODI ball with a convincing kick to the ground.

A ball later Buttler, never distracted by a Dutch strike, lashed Tim Pringle’s left-arm spinner back over his head and vision screen and into the woods behind to sparkle the win.

It was England’s 34th six of the series as they sealed the win with 19.5 overs to spare.

In this kind of form they will take some stopping in the rest of the summer, with or without Morgan.

‘Another great victory’
England captain and player of the series Jos Buttler: “Another great victory. I thought we played really well with the ball to restrict them, picked up wickets at crucial times and it was a brilliant batting display again.

“There’s a lot of cricket coming up in a short space of time which is very exciting. We’ve got great depth in the squad with more guys standing up on this trip and pushing up the competition in the squad which is just what we want to see.

“I thought David Payne bowled brilliantly on debut, Brydon Carse looks exciting, I was impressed with Phil Salt. There is this deep pool of players that are pushing the game forward for us in English cricket.”

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards: “We took some good learnings from the series, the boys will be better for it and we’ll come back harder in our next series.

“I thought today was a harder wicket and they made it look pretty easy.”

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