Netherlands vs England 2022 – Sam Billings overlooked as England name strong squad for Dutch ODIs

David Payne and Luke Wood are in line to make their England debuts against the Netherlands at Amstelveen next month after being included in a 14-man ODI squad that includes five left-arm tailors.

The three-game series, which runs from June 17-22, takes place between England’s second and third Tests against New Zealand, meaning the players involved in the Test squad were not available for selection.

Sam Billings is the squad’s most notable omission averaging 56.00 in eight ODI rounds since the 2019 World Cup. Billings was available for selection but overlooked, with Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone and Phil Salt included as batting options that were not on the roster for this tournament.

Morgan was on the team selection panel along with Rob Key and Matthew Mott, the new white ball head coach, and England opted to choose the strongest team available to them for the series, rather than to experiment. They limited the team to 14 names, ostensibly to avoid removing players from their T20 Blast commitments just to run the drinks.

Payne, the Gloucestershire tailor, has previously been part of two England squads – for the T20I tour to Barbados in January and as a last-minute call-up for the emergency squad for the Pakistan ODI series the last summer – but has yet to debut, while Wood is called up for the first time.

“Luke Wood deserves his call,” Mott said. “He’s been consistent for Lancashire over the last 12 months and we’ve been monitoring his progress. If he gets the chance to play I’m sure he will. [the] most of his chances.”

They are two of five left-arm seamstresses involved in the team with Reece Topley and all-rounders David Willey and Sam Curran, who is returning after a stress fracture in his lower back ruled him out of England winter tours and IPL.
Brydon Carse, the fast bowler from Durham, is the only right-arm tailor while Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the rotation options. Another notable absentee is Matt Parkinson, the Lancashire legpinner, with other recent white ball caps Tom Banton, Liam Dawson, George Garton and James Vince.

“I’m very happy to be coaching a strong team for my first streak in charge,” Mott said. “We have huge depth with a mix of youth and experience. We want to continue playing in an expressive style and let our players show their skills and firepower.

“The ODI squad have had limited opportunities and last played in July. However, with the upcoming ICC 50-over World Cup in India around 18 months away, our preparation will start to ramp up with nine matches over the summer and a busy winter ahead against strong opponents.”

The Netherlands are yet to name a squad but are without their County-contracted players for their three-game ODI series against West Indies, which kicked off on Thursday; Kent’s Fred Klaassen was originally named in their squad for this series but was not involved in the first ODI.

England team: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, David Payne, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey, Luke Wood

Layouts: 17 June – 1st ODI, 19 June – 2nd ODI, 22 June – 3rd ODI (all matches at VRA Cricket Club, Amstelveen)

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