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Tom Cooper back in Orange cricket selection
Amstelveen, June 10, 2022 – Acting national coach Ryan Cook has announced his selection for the three World Cup qualifiers against reigning world champions England on June 17, 19 and 22. Most notable name is Tom Cooper, who played his last international match for the Orange squad in 2016. Shane Snater, professional at Essex, and Tim Pringle have also been added to the selection.
After his last international match, 35-year-old right-handed batsman Cooper mainly focused on playing as a professional in Australia, the West Indies and England. He has an impressive track record: 976 One Day International runs with a batting average of 48.8 runs per innings, 404 T20i runs (28.85, strike rate 132.0), 6,533 First Class runs (34.93 ) and 5,501 List A runs (41.08). Earlier this year, for example, he played in the Australian ‘Big Bash’ for Brisbane Heat.
With an average young selection, the Netherlands is building on the matches that were recently played against the West Indies. England has opted for an experienced squad that is on average 30 years old.
Captain Pieter Seelaar: “After a very competitive series of matches against the West Indies, we will take on reigning world champions England. From the series against the West Indies, we take a lot of positives to these games against England. That said, there are definitely areas where we need to improve to be just as good against England.”
High Performance Manager Roland Lefebvre: “We are very happy with the arrival of Tom Cooper, who brings an enormous dose of experience. In recent years, some important players of the Dutch national team have retired (Ryan ten Doeschate, Stephan Myburgh and Ben Cooper, ed.). The availability of Dutch players who are employed by English counties is also limited. The knowledge and experience, but also the mentor role that Tom will have within the young Dutch national team, is of great value. We are pleased that Tom is available for the rest of the international program.”
That program foresees three World Cup qualifiers against Pakistan this summer and two T20s against New Zealand, both in August.
The Dutch selection will be reduced from the current eighteen to fifteen players. A newcomer to the squad is 19-year-old Tim Pringle. The left-handed spin bowler is the son of Chris Pringle, who played in the Netherlands in the 1990s and played for the New Zealand national team at the time.
Pieter Seelaar (capt.)
Scott Edwards (wk)
Logan van Beek
Bas de Leede
Eoin Morgan, Captain
The matches played in this ‘Sportsbuzz.com Summer of Cricket’ in the Netherlands will take place as part of the ICC Super League, which offers a view of the ICC Cricket World Cup to be played in India at the end of 2023. The Netherlands qualified for the Super League in 2017.
ODI history: win for England
In cricket history there were three World Cup encounters, in which the Netherlands was anything but without a chance. In 1996 (in Peshawar) England scored 279 runs for the loss of four wickets (Hick 104*, Thorpe 89). The Netherlands came closer with 230-6 than the English had hoped (Van Noortwijk 64, Zuiderent 54).
In 2003 – during the World Cup in South Africa – the Netherlands scored only 142 runs in 50 overs (Tim de Leede 58*, Anderson 4-25). England made it for four wickets (Knight and Vaughan both 51, Van Bunge 3-16). A salient detail is that Anderson still plays Test Cricket and the son of Tim de Leede, Bas, is now in the Dutch selection.
The World Cup match in Nagpur in 2011 should have resulted in a Dutch victory. The Netherlands scored no less than 292-6 (Ten Doeschate 119, Swann 2-35). Yet England passed that monster score at the last minute (Strauss 88, Trott 62).
Twenty20: two wins for the Orange
In the shorter Twenty20 game, the Netherlands managed to beat England twice. In 2009, England made 162-5 (Wright 71) at Lord’s in London. The Orange squad (De Grooth 49, Anderson 3-23) defeated England on the very last ball of the match thanks to an overthrow.
In 2014, the Netherlands did not seem to have made enough runs in Chattogram (Bangladesh) with 133-5 (Barresi 48, Broad 3-24). However, Logan van Beek (3-9) and Mudasser Bukhari (3-12) gave England (88 all out) an ignominious defeat.