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02-21-2011, 10:10 PM #1
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 || prediction no.5 || England vs NetherlandsFeb 22, 2011 14:30 LOCAL 09:00 GMT
Group B : England vs Netherlands, 5th ODI
After exuberantly cherishing their 3-2 Ashes win, suffering a 1-6 One Day International (ODI) series drubbing, and maligning their hectic FTP (Future Tour Programme) and lengthy World Cup schedule, Englandís cricket team are all set to kick off their ICC 2011 World Cup campaign.
The Poms will take on the Netherlands tomorrow at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha in Nagpur.
England will experiment their roaring gun, Kevin Pietersen, as an opener in what would be a mismatched World Cup game.
The South Africa-born attacking batsman is the best natural stroke player in Englandís squad.The 30-year old Natal batsman is well capable of batting 50-overs on his day.
There isn't much to compare when it comes to the performance of both sides in the past as England is one of the World Cup favourites, while Peter Borrenís side stands among the tournament outsiders.
But England must have their 4-wicket mauling at the hands of Oranje brigade in the 2009 World Twenty20 Championship opener at Lordís on their minds.
Strauss himself said that they would not take Holland as an easy opposition.
"It underlines the point that you can't under-estimate sides like HollandĒ said the England captain on Monday. "If we are 10 per cent off and they have a good day, we are in trouble", he added.
Six players, who played were part of that Twenty20 triumphant squad, including, Peter Borren, Bas Zuiderent, Pietar Seelaar, Alex Kerevezee, Ryan ten Doeschate and Tom de Grooth, are also part of this timeís World Cup squad and must be eager to emulate their World Twenty20 showing in the 50-overs mega event.
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