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Understand the consistency that comes with playing good 50-over cricket: Cook

Last updated on 16 Oct 2023 | 01:32 PM
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Understand the consistency that comes with playing good 50-over cricket: Cook

After losing two in two, the Netherlands look will look to pip an in-form South Africa in Dharamsala

The Netherlands may have beaten South Africa in the T20 World Cup last year, but given that the game on Tuesday (October 17) is going to be a One-Day International (ODI), it will certainly be a different ball game altogether.

Head coach Ryan Cook says his side understands what is required to get the job done. 

"I think the 50-over format is something that we try and pride ourselves on. It's a game that we play a lot of, we don't get to play any Test cricket or anything like that. So, we play a lot of 50-over cricket, and we understand the consistency that needs to come with playing good 50-over cricket for long periods of time," Cook said ahead of the World Cup game against the Proteas in Dharamsala.

"South Africa have a really good one-day side as well and a T20 team, and we just know that if we can go and play good cricket there tomorrow for a long period, we will be able to be competitive."

The Dutch did well to restrict Pakistan to 286 in their first game after having reduced them to 38 for 3 in the initial stages. Cook believes a couple of good partnerships could have seen them through.  "We were in a good position there, 38 for 3 after nine overs put us in a really good position," Cook said.

"They've got good quality players there who were able to put a partnership together. Certainly, it wasn't for the lack of planning or trying, and they obviously got a competitive score on the board there.

"Having said that, I think 280 on that wicket, as we saw in the next couple of games, was achievable, and had we put a couple of partnerships together there, I think we could have been a lot closer to the score at the end.

Roelof van der Merwe may have missed out on a chance to play for South Africa at the World Cup, but he has been given a chance with the Netherlands. Cook highlights the importance of the veteran cricketer.

"I think Roelof’s energy out there speaks for itself you know he's got a great passion for the game he obviously gives his full 100 percent and wears his heart on his sleeve for the team that he's playing for. So, I have no doubt that he'll be out there tomorrow and, you know, putting his best foot forward and giving 100% to the team," the head coach said.

The Netherlands have lost their first two games in the World Cup now. They were without their all-rounder Logan van Beek in the last game agianst New Zealand due to an injury, and there is no update yet from the Dutch camp over his availability.

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