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Peter Borren to lead Netherlands in World Cup

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January 1, 2011

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Peter Borren in his follow through after delivering a ball against Canada, Netherlands v Canada, ICC WCL Division 1, Rotterdam, July 5 2010
Peter Borren was appointed captain of Netherlands in July 2010. © Getty Images
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Peter Borren has been named captain of the Netherlands' squad for the 2011 World Cup. It will be his first World Cup as captain. The side includes an uncapped player - seamer Berend Westdijk - and six players who will be playing in their first World Cup.

National selector Darrin Murray said he was happy with the progress the Netherlands have made over the last year. "Recent series have shown we have made progress in one-day cricket, and we will be looking to continue this form during the Cricket World Cup. The squad includes three younger players (wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi, and seamers Westdijk and Bradley Kruger) who have forced their way into the main squad during the year on the basis of their commitment to improve and results on the park." Netherlands beat Bangladesh in a one-off ODI in Glasgow in July and then beat a Zimbabwe XI side that featured most of Zimbabwe's ODI players in Amstelveen later the same month.

Westdijk, 25 years old, has only played three first-class matches and came up through playing in the under-19s and under-23s for Netherlands. The 26-year-old Baresi is a former South Africa first-class player and made his debut for Netherlands against Scotland in 2010. He averages 29.71 in nine ODIs. Kruger, 22 years old, started his international career with three wickets against Canada, but hasn't taken a wicket in the three matches he has played since.

Allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who plays for Essex in England, Canterbury in New Zealand's HRV Cup, and Tasmania in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash, will be the mainstay of Netherlands batting. He is the second highest run-getter in the on-going HRV Cup, scoring 284 runs in nine matches. Top-order batsman Alexei Kervezee, who plays for Worcestershire, is also part of the fifteen.

Fast bowler Mark Jonkman and his twin brother - seamer Maurits Jonkman - did not make the squad as they are both undergoing a programme to change their bowling actions, which will not be finished by the time the World Cup starts on February 19. Mark, who was a part of Netherlands' squad during the 2007 World Cup, was suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC, in August, for a suspect bowling action.

Top-order batsman Nick Statham and seamer Ruud Nijman, who were both part of Netherlands' 2003 World Cup squad, were also not available for selection.

Netherlands are the first among the fourteen teams playing the tournament to announce their final 15-man squad. They have selected their team well ahead of the January 19 deadline because several of their players are not full-time professional cricketers and need to balance the World Cup with their other jobs. Netherlands, who are in Group B, will play their first game against England on February 22.

Squad: Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Baressi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Swarczynski, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent.

Reserves: Tom Heggleman, Andrew Hoogstraten, Muhammad Kashif


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Posted by Scott on (January 7, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Tom Cooper has been in reasonable form for South Australia in the Ryobi Cup this summer with the bat. The Dutch batting looks reasonably strong going on my limited knowledge of Netherlands cricket, however, the bowling looks a touch on the weak side, as is to be expected with the so-called minnows of World Cricket. Still, I hope the Dutch (along with the other associate members) enjoy this World Cup, as it may well be their last one before it reverts back to the "Commonwealth Cup"

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 7, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

It will be quite interesting to see how The Dutch performs in the world cup. They have beaten Bangladesh recently and they will meet Bangladesh again in the World Cup. As a Bangladeshi supporter, I am sure the Tigers will be hungry for a victory to take the revenge. I am also curious to see how Netherlands perform in the world cup not only against Bangladesh but also against other nations.

Posted by Spad on (January 2, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

Hello Netherland, Eventhough Dutch team have not the fire power like Ireland , i expect at least one win for them in the group stage. It is very sad Dirk Nannes couldn't include in the squad. Netherland should focus their matches against WI, BAN and IRE. Since their match against WI is at Feroz Shah Kotla, if they bat well and got 225 at the score board, they can put WI batsmen under pressure, because this is a D/N match. ALL THE BEST NETHERLAND

Posted by Srikanth on (January 1, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Ryan ten doeschate is a wonderful player and can walk into any side in the world. I've seen some of Tom Cooper's impressive hard hitting in the Champions trophy in SA. Too bad they don't have the services of Nannes anymore. But i see this side capable of springing a few upsets. Ind, SA, Eng, WI, Bang, Ireland, Neth. Truly a group of death. A fight for the top spot in group between the 3 strongest teams in the tournament - Ind, SA and Eng. And the Windies, even though we know they wont finish in the top 2, they somehow have a knack of beating India and SA consistently in world cup events. bangladesh will fancy their chances big time. Ireland and Netherlands are no minnows either. group of death for sure.

Posted by Amarnath on (January 1, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Its nice squad to see with ryan ten doeschate and Tom Cooper....Would have liked to see Dirk Nannes in the squad as he is not picked in aussie probables of 30 as well..It could have been a great match practice for IPL 4 and he has played t20 in most imp venues with ipl so could have brought in experience..wait and see..

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 1, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

I heard a Rumour they will be calling up Rafael Van Der Vaart, Nigel De Jong and Wesley Sneijder ?!?! To bring their Winning mentality to the field....

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