England beat the Netherlands by six wickets to wrap up series victory in Amsterdam

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England wrapped up their one-day series in the Netherlands, but were unable to shake off the debate surrounding the form of Eoin Morgan.

A six-wicket win with 29 balls to spare looked unambiguous, especially after openers Jason Roy and Phil Salt – fast becoming the first batting cab off the rank – began a chase of 236 in 41 overs with a rollicking stand of 139 in 17.

But Morgan made his second duck of the series during a mini-collapse of four for 38, and breathed more life into a narrative he would rather went away as his team prepare for this autumn’s T20 World Cup.

Jason Roy bounced back from his low score on Friday to hit 73 in Amstelveen

Phil Salt also excelled once more, striking 77 as England's openers made a strong start

Phil Salt also excelled once more, striking 77 as England’s openers made a strong start

Eoin Morgan looked horribly out of form, though, and was dismissed for a second duck in a row

Eoin Morgan looked horribly out of form, though, and was dismissed for a second duck in a row

England’s captain treats any questions about his future with a calm shrug and an inscrutable grin. It is the kind of subject dismissed by dressing-rooms as ‘external noise’.

Yet innings such as this do not discourage those who believe he is on borrowed time. Not as a leader, for this remains very much his project, particularly as the new white-ball coach, Matthew Mott, has barely got his feet under the desk – but as a batsman who gives every impression of being on the wane.

Since making an unbeaten 75 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at The Oval almost a year ago, he has failed to reach 50 in 42 innings in all cricket. As he often points out, he has entered troughs before. But, at the age of 35, there is less time to clamber out.

A first-baller in Friday’s world-record total of 498 for four was hardly a crime: in a bid to keep the pressure on the Dutch bowlers, he attempted to sweep Pieter Seelaar, and missed. These things happen.

Dawid Malan ensured that England got home relatively comfortably after a mini-collapse

Dawid Malan ensured that England got home relatively comfortably after a mini-collapse

Moeen Ali also played an assured knock, finishing unbeaten on 42, to get England over the line

Moeen Ali also played an assured knock, finishing unbeaten on 42, to get England over the line

Scott Edwards launches a shot during his innings of 78 runs off 73 balls for the Netherlands

Scott Edwards launches a shot during his innings of 78 runs off 73 balls for the Netherlands

But his innings here provided a little insight into a player struggling with his game. After uncomfortably seeing off five dot balls from off-spinner Aryan Dutt, he tried to slog-sweep a Tom Cooper off-break over midwicket, but succeeded only in skewing a simple catch to Shane Snater at backward point. It was an ignoble dismissal.

When Liam Livingstone was bowled by Tim Pringle’s left-arm spin for four, England needed to focus – and were grateful when an lbw decision against Dawid Malan moments later was overturned by DRS. Malan and the more aggressive Moeen Ali knocked off the runs without further alarm.

Earlier, overnight rain that had blown under the VRA’s covers delayed the start for two and three quarter hours, at which point the stand-in captain Scott Edwards decided to bat – to the disgruntlement of travelling fans hoping for another England run riot.

Edwards had replaced Seelaar, who was said to be missing out with a back injury, but had in fact retired from international cricket mid-series.

Durham fast bowler Brydon Carse then showed why England rate him so highly during seven pacy overs that brought him the wicket of Cooper. Without Edwards’s pugnacious 78, ended by a brilliant direct hit from the deep by David Willey, the Dutch would have struggled to breach 200.

David Willey celebrates taking the wicket of Netherlands opener Vikramijt Singh for 10 runs

David Willey celebrates taking the wicket of Netherlands opener Vikramijt Singh for 10 runs

Tim Pringle is bowled by Adil Rashid during Sunday's second one-day international

Tim Pringle is bowled by Adil Rashid during Sunday’s second one-day international 

Liam Livingstone celebrates after getting the wicket of Bas de Leede for 34 off 41 balls

Liam Livingstone celebrates after getting the wicket of Bas de Leede for 34 off 41 balls

Roy set off as if he was trying to compete for attention with the planes that fly noisily overhead en route to nearby Schipol airport. After four overs, England had 33 on the board, of which Roy’s share was 30.

This was his 100th one-day international, marked earlier with a cap presentation by Moeen Ali that was attended by his wife Ellie and small daughter Everly, who had flown over for the occasion. They flew home almost as quickly, missing Roy’s boundary-studded 73.

After he went, Salt took over, adding 77 off 54 balls to the 122 off 93 he made on Friday. They’re the kind of numbers that keep a batsman in England’s one-day mix. If Roy or Jonny Bairstow are struck down by injury on the eve of a big game, Salt is demanding to be their replacement.

Another hundred seemed there for the taking, but he was bowled on the charge by Dutt, at which point Morgan emerged for a subplot that is in danger of becoming something larger.

England should wrap the series up – and 30 Super League points – in the final game on Wednesday, but they will be just as grateful, you suspect, for some runs from their captain.

Fans enjoy the atmosphere at the VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen, near the Dutch capital

Fans enjoy the atmosphere at the VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen, near the Dutch capital

Buttler (left) marked 150 games while his England team-mate Jason Roy played his 100th

Buttler (left) marked 150 games while his England team-mate Jason Roy played his 100th

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