England’s three-match ODI series with Netherlands gets underway in Amstelveen on Friday where they will be looking to dust off the cobwebs and pick up some winning form ahead of this summer’s ODI series against India and South Africa.

Ahead of the action getting under way, we’ve previewed the first match and taken a look at the best odds to watch out for.

England batters out to impress

Matthew Mott is taking charge of his first England ODI squad after joining the ECB off the back of his success with the Australian Women’s team. He sees his side come into the first match against Netherlands as strong favourites win the opening ODI. England have named a strong 14-man squad ahead of the series. One of the main omissions from the squad is Sam Billings, who has averaged 56.00 with the bat in ODIs since the 2019 World Cup.

Other notable absences include Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who are all part of England’s Test series squad against New Zealand. The 14-man ODI squad includes two debutants in Lancashire’s Luke Wood and Gloucestershire’s David Payne, both of which are left-arm seam bowlers.

England still have a formidable batting attack with the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan providing the experience in the squad. Phil Salt and Dawid Malan will be hoping for their chance to shine higher up the order and potentially be the key batsman in the absence of Root, Stokes and Bairstow. With Roy keeping his place as an opener in the squad he will be hoping to hit over 35.5 runs at 5/6, while fellow opener Buttler is the 5/2 favourite to finish as England’s top batsman.

With many key players not being released to play for Netherlands due to County Championship commitments, they will be without Colin Ackermann, Brandon Glover, Roelof van der Merwe, and Paul van Meekeren. The absence of key batter Ackermann makes Netherlands the 5/2 underdogs to have the top batsman in the match.

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England the heavy favourites

As the current ODI world champions England are the strong favourites in the first match at 1/20.

England will be expected to win with relative ease, even with notable absences. The tourists’ still formidable batting line-up – with the likes of Buttler, who recently broke the record for run scoring in a single IPL season – makes them 2/7 favourites to have the highest scoring batsman in the match.

Netherlands will not be expecting to get a win but they have shocked England before, defeating them in T20 matches in 2009 and 2014. At 9/1 to win the first match, however, it seems unlikely that Netherlands will be causing an upset.

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