Fantasy Insights for the 1st of the 3-match ODI series between Netherlands and England, at the VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen.

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Phil Salt

Batters: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Max O’Dowd

Allrounders: Moeen Ali, Logan van Beek, Bas de Leede

Bowlers: Shane Snater, David Willey, Adil Rashid

C/VC: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone

Base Team

Wicketkeeper: Phil Salt

Batters: Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy

Allrounders: Moeen Ali, Logan van Beek

Bowlers: Brydon Carse, Adil Rashid

The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.

Wicketkeepers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Jos Buttler: One of the world’s best white-ball batters, Jos Buttler is a default pick here if England bat first. At his usual position, i.e. No.6, there is a lot of value in leaving him out against lower-ranked sides, as you would expect the mighty England top order to make short work of the chase. But the reports about the possibility of him being promoted up the order to No.4 makes it a tricky decision if England bat second. 

How we wish things were more straightforward! 

Phil Salt: Expected to open the innings, Phil Salt is one of the best differential picks in this game (selection % of less than 10 in top fantasy platforms). On a flat Amstelveen pitch, the 25-year-old even becomes a quality C/VC option for mega leagues. The only negative is that he has not been in great form of late, averaging under 30 runs per wicket in his most recent tournament, the Vitality Blast 2022. 

In T20 Blast 2022: 226 runs at 28/142 

Scott Edwards: In the last 9 innings, Scott Edwards has been a complete hit-or-miss player with four 50+ scores and five sub-20 scores. Edwards becomes a better pick while batting second as his average runs per wicket shoots up to 37 compared to 23 while batting first.

Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Liam Livingstone: In great form and England’s only support bowling option to their 5 frontline bowlers, Livingstone is one of the best C/VC options in this fixture, especially if he bats first. Considering the Sam Curran situation (refer to the all-rounders section), he is likely to bowl at least 5 overs.

Jason Roy: Don’t need much explanation here; get Roy in your XI and cap or vice-cap him.

Max O’Dowd: Netherlands’ best batter, Max O’Dowd was the highest run-getter in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies at the same venue, with 179 runs in three games (2 50+ scores). Amongst the safest picks from the home side. 

Allrounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Moeen Ali: Moeen Ali will likely bowl his full quota of overs in this game, but the fact that he could bat as low as No.7 is a significant downer. 

Sam Curran: Morgan has hinted that Sam Curran is unlikely to bowl his full quota of overs in the first game. We wouldn’t suggest wasting a spot on a player who bats at No.8 and is not fit enough to bowl his entire 10 overs. 

Logan van Beek: Not only is Logan van Beek Netherlands’ best bowler, but he is also handy with the bat lower down the order, making him a default pick in this game. 

Bowlers: Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Brydon Carse: The only right-arm pacer in the English squad, Brydon Carse is sure to start and already has a five-for in his 3-game ODI career. Expect a couple of wickets from the 26-year-old quick.

Adil Rashid: Netherlands struggled against Akeal Hosein and Hayden Walsh at the same venue, and Adil Rashid will only make things worse for the Dutchmen. Top C/VC pick.

Predicted Playing XI:

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Tom Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards(wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Pieter Seelaar(c), Logan van Beek, Shane Snater, Aryan Dutt, Vivian Kingma

England: Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(wk), Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Brydon Carse, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

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