Holland win toss bat against England
Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat against England in the teams’ World Cup Group B opener here at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on Tuesday.
England recalled star off-spinner Graeme Swann, who’d only recently joined the squad following the birth of his son, in place of left-arm spin bowler Michael Yardy in the only change to the side that beat Pakistan in a warm-up match last weeek.
England are looking to add a maiden World Cup title to the World Twenty20 trophy they won in the Caribbean last year.
Meanwhile the Dutch, who beat England at Lord’s in the 2009 World Twenty20, were attempting to become the first associate nation to pull off an upset at this year’s World Cup following heavy defeats for both Kenya and Canada.
England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson
Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Alexei Kervezee, Wesley Barresi (wk), Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bas Zuiderent, Tom de Grooth, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelar, Bernard Loots, Berend Westdijk
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS), TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SL)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL