Cricket World Cup 2011

Dutch confidence high

2011-02-21 07:36
The Netherlands' Atse Buurman and coach Peter Drinnen. (AFP)

Nagpur - Peter Drinnen, the Netherlands coach, has warned his players not to read too much into their shock World Twenty20 victory against England, but to take confidence from it when they launch their World Cup campaign against the same opponents in Nagpur.

Netherlands won that famous match at Lord's off the last ball by four wickets, and six members of the team are still part of the squad, but Drinnen has stressed to his players the difference between 20- and 50-over cricket.

"The big thing is at times we can get ahead of ourselves," Drinnen said "We lack the knowledge of batting in the 50-over cricket. We need to special attention to that."

Not that Drinnen wants the Dutch to forget their maiden triumph against a full member nation. He said they can take plenty of pointers from their victory at Lord's.

"Certainly half the squad were there on that evening, and they are fully aware of what is possible on any given day. I know it was a shorter version, but they are going to take quite a bit of confidence out of that victory into this. I have got no doubt their confidence will spread through the group and rub off all the players."

Netherlands have been preparing for the World Cup for three weeks, including a preparatory camp in Dubai followed by three warm-up matches in Sri Lanka. They won the last against Kenya, having lost the first two to Canada and Sri Lanka respectively, and Drinnen believes he has a balanced squad at his disposal.

"We have got a good top order," he said. "The way our bowling attack has progressed in the last six months is significant. The challenge is going to be great as the wickets are flat. Bowlers know they really have to be disciplined."

If the Netherlands want to improve their World Cup record, where they have managed just two victories out of 14 matches spread across the three editions, much will depend on the performances of the senior players like Bas Zuiderent, Tim de Grooth, Peter Borren and Essex allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate.

"If we put up a performance we know we are capable of, we know we can cause some problems," Drinnen said.

Drinnen also cleared up doubts over the availability of Borren, the captain, who had been sidelined in the warm-up matches, and could not attend the opening ceremony after suffering from a side strain.

"He is fit but still carrying a side strain. He has trained very well, had a full hit out in the field, and a full hit out with the bat today. We are happy with his progress. I'm confident, looking at how he has performed today, that he will be fine for the match." 

- ESPNcricinfo


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