Netherlands vs England predictions: Visitors to complete ODI sweep

Aidan Perkins
LiveScore
England will face the Netherlands in the third and final one-day international on Wednesday
England will face the Netherlands in the third and final one-day international on Wednesday

England have brushed the Netherlands aside in the first two one-day internationals and they look poised to make it a clean sweep in today's final clash.

Eoin Morgan's men have outclassed the Dutch so far and it would be a major shock if the third clash in Amstelveen does not follow a similar pattern.

World record secured

England smashed an ODI world-record score of 498-4 in the first match last week, beating their own previous best of 481-6, before quickly bowling out the limited hosts for 266. 

That 232-run win was followed up by another convincing success in the second match, England this time winning by six wickets in a game reduced to 41 overs because of rain.

They comfortably replied to the Netherlands' 235-7, reaching 239-4 with five overs to spare.

Even if the tourists make changes for the this dead rubber, they are likely to again have far too much for the lowly Dutch, who are ranked 14th in the world below the likes of Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland.

Captain Morgan's struggle

Captain Eoin Morgan will hope to find some form in the third ODI against the Netherlands
Captain Eoin Morgan will hope to find some form in the third ODI against the Netherlands

Overall, it has been a positive trip for England with several batters impressing, including Dawid Malan, Phil Salt and Jos Buttler.

However, skipper Morgan has so far struggled and was out for a second successive duck in the most recent clash.

There were some suggestions Morgan, whose last half-century in any format of cricket came in July 2021, could sit the third ODI out — but he will surely be keen to find some form against what should be agreeable opponents.

There were centuries for Salt (122), Malan (125) and Buttler, who top scored with a sensational 162, in the first match as England, under the guidance of new white-ball coach Matthew Mott for the first time, toyed with the home side's weak attack. 

Buttler registered 14 sixes and seven fours on his own, while there were 26 sixes in total in the one-sided opener.

The second ODI was never likely to see a repeat of such a huge score, but England were still dominant.

Jason Roy, who only managed one run in the first match, made 73, while Salt added another 77 to enhance his growing reputation further in what was just his fifth ODI.

Willey the pick of the bunch

David Willey has arguably been the pick of the visitors' bowlers, taking two wickets in both matches, while Moeen Ali ended with figures of 3-57 in the first game. 

There is the option of making changes with left-arm seamers Luke Wood and David Payne, who have yet to feature in the Netherlands, both hoping for their debuts on Wednesday. 

Netherlands batter Scott Edwards has stood out with scores of 72 and 78, while Bas de Leede is another who has attempted to help his side be more competitive with knocks of 28 and 34. 

However, despite those efforts, the Dutch have largely been outclassed in all departments.

Familiar names to star again

England's batting line-up is expected to remain largely unchanged for the third ODI and the same names could do considerable damage again.

With the likes of Roy, Buttler, Salt and, in particular, Morgan, all going in search of centuries, England should wrap up a 3-0 victory with minimal fuss.

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