NETHERLANDS TOUR IN SOUTH AFRICA, 2021
The rubber comes preloaded with World Cup Super League points. © AFP
South Africans who think their team will not sweat over the Netherlands in their men’s ODI series, which starts in Centurion on Friday (November 26), would do well to remember what happened the last time these pages met common opponents in the format.
In June, the Dutch won a 2-1 series victory over Ireland in Utrecht. In July, South Africa could not do better than a 1-1 draw in their rubber against the Irish in Dublin. A washed-out match was undoubtedly an important element in the latter’s result, but the fact that Ireland took a match from their highly favored guests should be an alarm.
Unlike the South Africans in Ireland, Goliath did not have a chance to avenge his defeat to David. If he had been given that opportunity, would the result be any different? What if he was not up against the same David in the rematch?
That said, the Netherlands is vulnerable. They failed themselves at the T20 World Cup in the UAE last month when they lost to Ireland, Namibia and Sri Lanka and thus slung home after the first round. They probably did not have serious hopes of reaching the second phase of the tournament, but neither would they have expected to be linked with Papua New Guinea as the only teams to lose all their matches in the first round.
Although South Africa did not reach the knockout stage, they did better than expected. They won four of their five matches and missed out on a place in the semifinals on the net race rate. So the smart ones, as well as the not-so-smart money, will be on them to get the better of the Dutch.
Both camps cope with significant absences. South Africa have rested Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder and Bjorn Fortuin, while Lungi Ngidi and Lizaad Williams have been withdrawn due to illness and injury. Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren and Tobias Visee withdrew from the Holland mix, and Ryan ten Doeschate ended his star career at the T20 World Cup.
Fortunately, ‘Tendo’ has been on board as a mentor. The Port Elizabeth-born all-rounder was an established figure in South African club and English county cricket long before appearing for the Netherlands for the first time in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Amstelveen Amsterdam in July 2006 – he reached his first class. , list A and T20 debuted for Essex in 2003.
As Bavuma is nowhere near, the series gives Keshav Maharaj another chance to hone the captaincy candidates he unveiled in Sri Lanka in September – where South Africa lost the ODIs 2-1 but swept to a 3-0 victory in the T20Is.
Maharaj will not have the motivation to get the best out of his players, but it does not hurt that the rubber comes preloaded with World Cup Super League points. South Africa are currently in ninth place, so as cases are not among the sides that will qualify directly for the World Cup in 2023. But a 3-0 victory over the Netherlands would throw them to third place.
When: South Africa vs. Holland, World Cup Super League, 10:00 local time
Where:Centurion (Friday, Sunday); the Wanderers, Johannesburg (Wednesday)
What to expect:No major white ball cricket has been played at Highveld’s leading venues this season, but the events of previous summers tell us that the pitches will be willing and the outfields fast. Wanderers outfield is also on the small side.
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With Lungi Ngidi out due to Covid-19 and Lizaad Williams removed from the equation of an intercostal muscle strain – and Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje resting – the home team’s nail-bowling resources have been exhausted. The recalled Wayne Parnell, the inexperienced Sisanda Magala and Daryn Dupavillon, and the newly drafted Junior Dala will have to bear that burden, with the help of Andile Phehlukwayo.
Likely XI:Janneman Malan, Ryan Rickelton, Zubayr Hamza, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Kyle Verreynne, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala
The bad news is that Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren and Tobias Visee made themselves unavailable for the tour for undisclosed personal reasons. The good news is that among them, only Cooper, who was in XI, played the series in Ireland in June, the last time the Dutch played ODI.
Likely XI:Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards, Musa Ahmed, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Vivian Kingma
What they said:
“The most important thing is to get some playing time and put in some performance, but also to use it as a platform to show what I’m up to. It’s also a good opportunity to try to cement my place, if not in the start. The 11-year-old looked like a regular team player for the next few series. ” – Kyle Verreynne hopes to make his mark
“One of the words being thrown around too much in the sport is the big world. But Ryan ten Doeschate will go down as probably the best associate cricketer ever to have played the game. His numbers for the Dutch face the world’s best. I thinks his ODI record is equal to or even ahead of Virat Kohlis. ” – Ryan Campbell talks about his team’s mentor