Dutch eyeing repeat shock
The Netherlands are dreaming of another victory over England, just two years after their famous Lord's triumph.
Last Updated: 20/02/11 4:56pm
The Netherlands are dreaming of another victory over England, just two years after they surprised their hosts at Lord's in the World Twenty20.
The sides meet at the World Cup in Nagpur on Tuesday and England's recent struggles in the 50-over format in Australia have not gone unnoticed.
"Obviously they have done great in the Ashes and then in the ODIs not too great and this is the one-day format," noted Netherlands team manager Ed van Nierop.
"We'll just go and have a go and see how good we are compared to the English. It's not the short format we beat them in at Lord's in 2009 but we have a decent line-up and we'll do our best.
"We've been focusing on our own team - that's what we should do. If we start focusing on our opponent that would be a distraction."
He added: "The funny thing is there's a new practice facility called ProBatter with a hole in the screen where the ball pops out from footage [to the batsmen in nets].
"The boys really like that the England team management refused to give us the footage of the England bowlers so they must be a little bit afraid of us!"
Captain Peter Borren is expected to feature on Tuesday despite having struggled over the past week with an injury which caused him trouble while bowling.
"He has a side strain but he's good to go," said Van Nierop. "He'll have another fitness test tomorrow but he feels well."
Also pulling on an orange shirt is Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, possessor of the best batting and bowling average of anyone in this tournament.
He acknowledges those figures are "skewed" by facing associate rather than Test nations for the most part.
But ten Doeschate is not playing down his side's prospects against England, who he senses may be vulnerable after their Ashes winter.
"It's the best chance we're going to have, in terms of where they are," he said.
"They've had a few changes to their squad, a few injuries and a very long Australia tour behind them - so if there ever was a good chance to catch them it's the first game again of another World Cup.
"We've done all our preparation and are in our best state to cause an upset.
"Having beaten them in England should stand us in good stead. When we walk out on Tuesday, we hope some of those feelings will come back."