AUS vs NED, World Cup 2023: Underdog Netherlands hopes to tread the South African route towards high-flying Australia

Bathed in orange, the Netherlands Residency seems to be magnificent below the half-moon.

On this nice night time, on the sprawling lawns, Teja Nidamanuru is talking in Telugu to somebody; Aryan Dutt is having a prolonged chat with Kartik Murali, attempting to choose the India spinner-turned-commentator’s brains; Max O’Dowd, his shoulder-length blond hair glistening below lights, poses for {a photograph} for the umpteenth time.

On the stage, the singer is rendering the John Denver traditional, Take Me Home, Country Roads.

It was an evening to unwind for the Netherlands gamers on the celebration hosted by their nation’s ambassador, Marisa Gerards. They appeared to benefit from the consideration.

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Mind you, it’s a nation the place, Logan van Beek would say at a press convention, jokes are being made on tv exhibits about cricket being extra of a nine-to-five job than a aggressive sport.

Nobody, nonetheless, is taking the Netherlands at this World Cup frivolously, although it’s ranked the bottom (14th) amongst all the ten groups. Not even its mighty opponent on Wednesday – Australia.

The Aussie camp should be relieved that Travis Head is again from damage, however Mitchell Marsh scored 100 and placed on a document 259 for the opening wicket with David Warner, towards Pakistan within the final match

It can be fascinating to see if the staff administration would break that partnership and make Marsh transfer to No. 3.

The Netherlands’ downside on the high of the order is solely totally different; it wants a great begin from O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh. It might do with some runs from Nidamanuru too.

The spinners in addition to the seamers have delivered for the Dutch. As for Australia, it should be hoping Adam Zampa will proceed his nice run, which has seen him document four-wicket hauls within the final two video games.

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