Jason Roy hits hundred to fire England to ODI series whitewash of Netherlands

Jason Roy (101st) and Jos Buttler (86th) share a 163-run standing to see England win eight wickets with 119 balls to spare; tourists win series 3-0; watch the test team in action in the third test against New Zealand, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am on Thursday

Jason Roy scored a one-hundredth one-day international as England beat the Netherlands in a 3-0 series, chasing 245 in just 30.1 overs to win the third and final ODI at Amstelveen.

Roy smashed 15 bounds on his undefeated 101-of-86 delivery, and Jos Buttler smashed seven fours and five sixes on his 86 not-out-of-64 ball as the tourists made light work of their modest goal.

In one particularly notable passage, Buttler made 13 from two balls when Paul van Meekeren hit a double-bounce no-ball shot that Buttler sent into the stands, before then hitting the resulting free throw for six more.

David Willey was the bowlers’ choice, taking 4-36 to help see off the Dutch for 244, while fellow left winger David Payne (1-38) sent back Holland captain and top scorer Scott Edwards. by 64 to claim his first ODI. wicket on debut.

Edwards was one of three batsmen to pass fifty for the hosts, Max O’Dowd (50) and Bas de Leede (56), the others, but all three were guilty of failing to kick more and catapulting their side to a level higher. challenging score.

After England ran off the blocks in their reply, Roy and Phil Salt (49 for 30) putting up 85 in under 10 overs, Van Meekeren (2-59) briefly derailed the innings with two wickets on three balls.

Both Salt and Malan were thrown, the latter around his legs for a second ball duck, but he only managed to get the supremely fit Buttler into the crease, and he and Roy quickly staggered towards their target with a minimum of fuss.

Buttler, replacing the absent Eoin Morgan as captain, out with a groin injury, opted to insert the Netherlands into the draw and was quickly rewarded for his foresight, with Willey sacking Vikramjit Singh (6) in the fifth over.

Payne should have had an early breakthrough too, with Tom Cooper, with nothing, carrying him through the air in the next over, only for Liam Livingstone to fumble in the sun and come off the catch. The Gloucestershire closer would have to wait until the penultimate over of innings to finally take the first wicket from him in ODI cricket.

Cooper capitalized on the mistake, putting up 72 for the second wicket with O’Dowd, before Livingstone (1-40) did something to atone for his mistake by finally claiming Cooper (33) at the deep square limit and retaking O’Dowd. caught back with the ball.

De Leede and Edwards rebuilt, another sizeable 84 position, but the Netherlands’ scoring slowed a lot and once the former perished to Brydon Carse (2-49), a flurry of wickets followed as the lower order desperately tried to increase. the rate in the last 10 overs.

Adil Rashid (1-41) outscored Teja Nidamanuru by four, courtesy of a Buttler snap behind the stumps, Tim Pringle was out after a terrible mix-up with Edwards, and Willey wiped his tail.

England’s response got off to a blistering start, with Roy and Salt responsible for as many as 15 bounds in the first nine-and-a-half, compared to 17 scored by the Netherlands in their entire innings.

The home attack were guilty on multiple occasions of throwing too short, with the English frontrunners feasting on any strike, before Van Meekeren finally found the right length to throw to Salt, one under a third scoring fifty or more in the series, and then picks up Malan two balls later.

But there would be no dramatic batting collapse, with Roy and Buttler sharing an unbroken standing of 163 runs on 125 balls to take England home with 119 deliveries to spare.

Roy offered a chance in the 72nd, Fred Klaassen reeled off a strong return reception from his own bowling alley, but then quickly moved on to a tenth ton of ODIs on 86 balls before Buttler sealed an emphatic win with a fifth-sixth of his excellent innings. .

Roy and Buttler later agreed that England’s future was bright given the depth of talent, with the deputy captain praising Salt, Carse and Payne.

Buttler also backed Morgan, saying he was baffled by speculation about his future and insisting that everything the limited overs captain has achieved “doesn’t disappear overnight”.

Morgan has revolutionized England’s cue ball fortunes and led them to a maiden Over-50 World Cup crown in 2019, but he hasn’t had a half-century in one-day internationals and Twenty20s in almost a year.

He recorded two successive ducks against the Netherlands and missed Wednesday’s eight-wicket victory.

His absence was described as a precaution, but even if form and fitness problems persist, Buttler, who acted as captain in the final match against the Dutch, insisted Morgan retains the team’s backing.

“There’s certainly no question of his position from within camp,” Buttler said.

“I can’t put into words what he has achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy but you forget what a brilliant batsman he has been for England in over 200 ODIs, that doesn’t go away overnight. Everyone in the team back him up.” .”

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