Netherlands looking to play `outstanding` cricket against SA

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 17:51 PM IST

Mohali: Humiliated by West Indies in their previous match, Netherlands captain Peter Borren on wednesday promised to raise the bar and play some "outstanding cricket" when they meet world number two South Africa in a Group B World Cup match on Thursday.

For the Netherlands, it would take a massive effort to register a win especially after their dismal show against the Calypso Charmers in New Delhi, where they lost by 215 runs after failing to make a mark in any department of the game.

"We understand for our level and for our own standards, it wasn`t good enough. We want to rectify that on Thursday by playing outstanding cricket. We have shown before also that we have the potential and the talent to do well," said Borren.

Admitting that the performance of the associate nations, playing in this World Cup, had so far not been up to the mark, the skipper attributed it to the lack of regular ODI action against top Test playing nations.

"We are realistic enough to know that you can`t put up best performances every day at this level. We don`t play often at this level, we played fantastic cricket against England and played poorly against the West Indies," he said adding that even if regular teams would meet each other after a gap of four years, they were bound to struggle.

"So, it`s not easy, we have to play to our own standards and try to achieve our own goals," he said.

South Africa and Netherlands have met twice in the World Cup before with the latter losing on both the occasion – a 160-run defeat at Rawalpindi in 1996 and a 221-run loss at St Kitts in 2007. Netherlands have managed only one win in the last six ODIs it has played.

Borren said the team has got more potential than what it showed against the West Indies and are looking forward to put up a good show against the Proteas.

"We didn`t prepare any differently, we are mentally prepared...those are the facts that we lost to the team that lost heavily to the South Africans. In tomorrow`s game, we are going with our own goals," he said.

The skipper said they need to learn from the quick turnaround which has happened in their case -- one having a close game against England and other disappointing one against the West Indies.

The `Orange brigade` has been struggling with poor bowling from the very first game of the tournament and Borren said it was an area of concern for the team.

When asked if associate members still deserve to be in the World Cup considering the way they have played so far, he responded by saying, "I think whether they deserve to be here or not is a different question. As far as I am concerned, associate members contribute to the World Cup."

"Some of the performances of the associate members including us have been disappointing. The decision itself is not much we can do about (move to reduce teams in the next World Cup).

To play in the competition against full member teams against whom you haven`t played for a long time is difficult. I think those countries who feel that we shouldn`t be at the World Cup are the same ones who don`t play against us," he said.

On playing against teams like England, West Indies and South Africa, the captain said that`s what they expect to be doing in the World Cup, who have some brilliant individual players.

"We are just looking forward to playing tomorrow against one of the best teams in the world," he said, adding the opponents have got good pacers and some formidable batting line-up.

Considering it as a challenge to play against the Proteas, he said, "It`s exciting and a challenge for us. We want to give our best shot and hope we come up trumps."

When asked that some players in the team, who are originally from South Africa, have an additional point to prove, he replied, "I think that would be an exciting day for those guys, but personally I haven`t thought too much about this, to be honest they (those players) might feel some extra motivation, may be they have."

PTI