Changes at the top for Intercontinental Cup clash
Both sides will go into Tuesday's Intercontinental Cup match between The Netherlands and Canada in Pretoria with a change of captaincy, with Luuk van Troost (The Netherlands) and George Codrington (Canada) having returned to their respective countries.
Canada have flown in Australian-born all-rounder Steve Welsh to strengthen their squad, giving them three front-line seamers in their attack if he plays. It would mean a first-class debut for Welsh, although he has played in one ODI this season.
Qaiser Ali is the Canadian vice-captain, but injuries and poor form make it uncertain that he will play. The replacement captain has not yet been announced.
The Dutch position in more straightforward: vice-captain Jeroen Smits will take over the captaincy, leading the side for the second time in Intercontinental Cup matches.
For both sides, the fact that Canada has already qualified for the final following The Netherlands' disappointing draw with Bermuda last month provides an opportunity for experimentation ahead of the World Cricket League in Nairobi and the World Cup which follows. But both will be keen to finish their African tour on a high, especially since neither was able to win their final match in last week's ODI series.
For The Netherlands, Pieter Seelaar has not recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the first ODI against Bermuda, and has flown home. Batsman Maurits van Nierop has therefore been retained in the squad, altering its balance somewhat.
Billy Stelling also has a shoulder problem, and it is extremely unlikely that he will play. This means that coach Peter Cantrell's selection problems are greatly simplified: it comes down to which two of the three top-order batsmen competing for a World Cup place -Tom de Grooth, van Nierop and Eric Szwarczynski - he includes in his side.
De Grooth made 61 on the first day of the match against Bermuda, but his form since then has been poor, and it may be van Nierop and Szwarczynski who make the cut this time. That would leave the question of who should open: the Dutch experimented with batting Bas Zuiderent at four in one of the ODIs, and there might be a case for trying that again. Alternatively, either van Nierop or Szwarczynski could come in after Ryan ten Doeschate, with Daan van Bunge at five.
A possible batting line-up, then, might be: Zuiderent, Szwarczynski, ten Doeschate, van Nierop, van Bunge, Kervezee, de Leede, Borren, Smits, Jonkman, and Kashif.
This all means that Mark Jonkman will make his first-class debut on Tuesday, and if Stelling does not make it, will presumably share the new ball with Ryan ten Doeschate. De Leede and Borren, both of whom have been bowling well but have yet to find form with the bat, will complete the seam attack, with the spin department in the hands of Kashif and van Bunge.
The Sinoville ground, in Pretoria's northern suburbs, is something of an unknown quantity, since the teams have not yet seen it and this will be the first first-class fixture to have been played there. But local knowledge suggests that it will provide another wicket favourable to batsmen, which may not encourage an outright result but will be something of a relief after the vagaries of Benoni last week.