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Ned in SA 2021 – Ryan ten Doeschate named Netherlands mentor for South Africa tour

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He retired from professional cricket during the 2021 T20 World Cup and will help mentor the young players during the three-ODI series in Centurion

Retired Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate has been appointed as a mentor for the national men’s team for their upcoming three-match ODI series in South Africa. ten Doeschate retired from professional cricket at the 2021 T20 World Cup, where the Netherlands failed to progress to the Super 12s. Their focus will now shift to the 50-over format, where they have a squad laden with South Africans for their tour.

Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe and Stephan Myburgh all played domestic cricket in South Africa and van der Merwe and Myburgh, in particular, will be familiar with conditions. Three ODIs, scheduled for November 26, 28 and December 1, will be played at SuperSport Park in Centurion, where van der Merwe and Myburgh were previously based. A limited number of fans are expected to be allowed into the venue, in line with the current Covid-19 regulations in South Africa, which are at their lowest level since the pandemic began.

Those spectators will witness history, as it will be the first time South Africa and Netherlands play in South Africa, after meeting in four ODIs and one T20Is before. South Africa have won all those fixtures.

Netherlands travel without the experience of Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee and Paul van Meekeren, who all asked not to be considered for personal reasons. They have included three uncapped players, 20-year-old Boris Gorlee, Pakistan-born Musa Ahmed and Clayton Floyd, who recently scored a century at the European Cricket Championships.
“After the disappointment of the World Cup, we will look to bounce back against a very good South African outfit. I’m extremely excited to take HCC youngsters Boris Gorlee, Musa Ahmad and Clayton Floyd with us. The experience of living and breathing international cricket in South Africa will be invaluable for them,” Ryan Campbell, Netherlands coach, said.
The three matches are part of the World Cup Super League, where both teams need points. Netherlands are in last place on the table, with 20 points from two wins over Ireland. South Africa sit in ninth place, having dropped points in Ireland but could climb as high as second place with a 3-nil clean sweep.

Netherlands squad: Pieter Seelaar (capt), Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Vivian Kingma, Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards, Boris Gorlee, Clayton Floyd, Musa Ahmed, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Roelof van der Merwe, Saqib Zulfiqar, Stephan Myburgh, Shane Snater, Timm van der Gugten

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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India Test captain expects meeting with head coach and selectors to provide clarity on certain aspects of team composition

There will be no hurried calls taken on Ajinkya Rahane‘s future based on external pressure, India’s captain Virat Kohli said after India sealed their 14th consecutive Test series win at home. It was another dominant performance by India, but the lean patch for two of their senior batters, Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, remains a concern, especially at a time when new batters and coming in and putting performances that make it hard to drop them.
Rahane now averages 24.39 over his last 16 Tests, including one century in the Boxing Day Test nearly a year ago. With scores of 35 and 4 in the last Test, his career average has now dipped below 40. At home he averages 35.73, which has come down to 30.08 over the last five years.
Shreyas Iyer, who played in Kanpur in Kohli’s absence, scored a hundred and a fifty on debut. There was talk Mayank Agarwal might be made to step aside when Kohli came back for Mumbai, but Rahane’s hamstring injury made that decision easy. Agarwal then responded with a century and a fifty of his own on a difficult pitch. Coach Rahul Dravid called the situation a happy headache to have, but also said a big part of his challenge would be to help pick the best XI, especially in away Tests, which could involve “difficult decisions” along the way.

Kohli, known to be ruthless and trigger-happy in the first half of his Test captaincy, has put a premium on the past performances of Rahane and Pujara, and said he would continue to do so.

“I can’t judge Ajnkya’s form,” Kohli said. “Nobody can judge anybody’s form, for that matter. Because only an individual knows what part of his game he has to work on. But, as I have said in the past, it is important to back those players who have made impact performances in difficult situations and important Test matches in the past. We don’t entertain this kind of atmosphere in the team that a player starts worrying about ‘what next’ the moment he is under a little bit of pressure.

“Yes, we can’t expect this kind of balance from those on the outside where those who are singing praises will be asking for a player’s head in two months. We don’t react that way ever nor will we do it in the future because we know how much effort and hard work goes in for any person to get into a positive mental space, and we will support it. Be it Ajinkya or whoever. We will never take decisions based on the outside atmosphere.”

Kohli did, however, say important decisions could be made after discussions with Dravid and the selectors. “Those are discussions we are going to have now with the selectors,” he said. “It is a good headache to have but you always want clarity in these things. And understand that it is always great to know exactly what you want to do before you head into a series like South Africa. Those things are very important to address, and we are going to have discussions straight away when we get to the hotel now.”

One of the things India were understood to be considering was dropping Shubman Gill down to the middle order to better utilise his full potential, but they couldn’t try that as KL Rahul didn’t recover from his injury in time for the New Zealand Tests. Now Iyer has made the middle-order an even more crowded place.

Will they now try the switch in South Africa?

“That’s a discussion that needs to take place: who we think are specialists in certain positions,” Kohli said. “These are not things I can sit here and answer in a press conference. You need discussions on these things, you need to analyse what is best for the team and the individuals as well, and come to a common conclusion.

“More often than not, issues are discussed, and we come to a collective decision, which feels the most balanced. That’s the same process we are going to follow moving forward as well. It is upon lengthy discussions where everyone puts in their ideas.”

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2021/22

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The weather, however, promises to be better on the fourth and fifth days, with no rain forecast

The third day of the Dhaka Test lived up to its very rainy forecast with a full day washout. The covers never came off the Shere Bangla National Stadium, and Bangladesh and Pakistan players didn’t come to the ground, as the country’s capital bore the brunt of a depression at the Bay of Bengal.

Play was called off at 2pm local time, a foregone conclusion, though it could have happened much earlier. Match officials usually cling on to the hope of rain relenting. Even in that case, it takes an hour to clear the water off the ground and the covers. None of that was required on Monday.

The last time a full day’s play was lost in a Test in Bangladesh was in July-August 2015, when South Africa toured the country.

Only 30 minutes of play was possible on the second day, when Pakistan resumed their first innings for just 6.2 overs. It was enough time for Azhar Ali to move from his overnight 39 to his 34th Test half-century and then to 52 not-out. Babar Azam struck a few boundaries to move to an unbeaten 71.

Babar started the day with an easy boundary off Khaled Ahmed, before Azhar brought up the 100-run stand. He then struck two fours off Ebadot Hossain to reach his fifty, off 126 balls. The pair have so far added 118 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand.

Earlier on the first day, visitors made an unsurprisingly strong start, with Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique adding 59 for the opening stand. It was Pakistan’s fourth successive 50-plus stand for the first wicket, equalling the same feat from 2002. Taijul Islam removed both Abid and Shafique, but Azhar and Babar remained solid.

The weather, however, promises to be better on the fourth and fifth days. There is no more rain in forecast, but it might take a while for the ground staff to rid of the excess water even when the sun comes out.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Kohli hails Agarwal's 'impact performance' and Siraj's 'skill'

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The captain discusses the performances of India’s young trio in Mumbai



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