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The low-key surroundings of Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, may be a world away from England’s usual surroundings, but this is where their new era of white balling begins under Matthew Mott with the first of three one-day internationals against Holland.

A series against the Dutch might not seem too daunting, but captain Eoin Morgan says ODIs are an important part of both defending the 50-year-old World Cup and preparing for the T20 World Cup of this year in Australia in October.

“At the moment it’s about trying to get the right players in the right roles given the squad we’ve brought in,” he said. “One of the reasons why our seniors are here is to develop this relationship with the coach.

“One of the attributes when you think about the future of our white ball game and what the team needs is an experienced coach who brings that hunger for success and isn’t afraid to hold on to some of the responsible players in a team environment,” Morgan said. “Motty brings that.”

One of the most obvious changes we’ll see in the Netherlands is that Jos Buttler is used in a new, floating role in the middle order, as England try to make more use of their most talented batsman.

Buttler has only hit four of 11 in his 148 ODIs, which is two centuries in that position. He was most often used at six, including at Lord’s in the 2019 World Cup final, but Morgan suggested he could appear higher up the order in this series.

“He’s done that before and we’ll assess him as the game goes on and see how his role might evolve,” Morgan said.

Buttler enters the series on the back of a hugely impressive performance in their year’s Indian Premier League, where he scored 863 points – the second-highest tally in the competition’s history – in the opener.

Stay here for all the action with play scheduled to start at 10.

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