ENG vs ND 2022: In a major breakthrough for the Australian-Dutch Batsman Tom Cooper, the veteran cricketer has been included in the Netherlands ODI squad for a series against England. Cooper will don the national jersey after nine years of exclusion. The Netherlands is set to face England in three World Cup Super League fixtures at Amstelveen in July.
Tom Cooper had played a remarkable role for the Netherlands in his 41 international games, including ODI’s and T20I’s. He was a part of the national squad for the 2011 World Cup and two consecutive T-20 World Cups in 2014 and 2016. Since then, he failed to leave a mark and get back in the side.
Cooper, 35, was earlier excluded from South Australia’s contract list after a terrible performance. He was later picked up by Brisbane Heat where he played seven games in the Big Bash League 2021-22. Though he failed to captivate on the opportunity, Cooper made it to the side after the Netherlands saw the retirements of three senior players- Ryan ten Doeschate, Ben Cooper and Stephan Myburgh.
A majority of Netherlands players are unavailable for the series as a part of their county contracts for the English T-20 Blast. Shane Snater and Fred Klaasen are two senior players who will miss a part of the series due to their county commitments. Meanwhile, the selectors have announced a maiden call-up for Tim Pringle, a 19-year-old left-arm spinner who has played for New Zealand’s Under-19s.
Speaking about the inclusion of Cooper, the manager of The Netherlands Cricket Lefebvre spoke to the media and asserted that the paramount experience of the versatile cricketer will definitely bring in results for the team.
ENG vs ND 2022: Netherlands squad for the ODI series against England:
Seelaar (captain), Edwards (wicketkeeper), S Ahmed, Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Boissevain, Tom Cooper, A Dutt, Floyd, V Kingma, S Snater, F Klaassen, Ryan Klein, Bas de Leede, Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd, Tim Pringle, V Singh
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