That will hopefully have restored some pride to a side that hit rock bottom during the defeat to Pat Cummins’ side, and it has kept them in the hunt for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025, with only the top eight qualifying for that event.
The victory over the Netherlands has moved England from the foot of the table into seventh place.
There will be plenty of time after the tournament for a full analysis of how England’s title defence could go so disastrously wrong with very few warning signs before the squad departed for India, but for now there is a chance to qualify for the next ICC event, with a game against Pakistan to come on 11 November.
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England vs Netherlands
England beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Jos Buttler reflects on team’s second victory at the World Cup
England win by 160 runs
16:01 , Sonia Twigg
Here’s the match report from Pune:
The 2019 champions arrived in Pune for a bottom-of-the-table clash with a five-match losing streak behind them and the knowledge that another slip up would see them miss out on ODI cricket’s next global event in 2025.
But despite wobbling once again with the bat – going from 133 for one to 192 for six – Stokes had the will and skill to carry his side to a 160-run victory.
England win by 160 runs
15:57 , Sonia Twigg
Jos Buttler on Stokes: “Any time you need someone to stand up and take charge he seems to be the guy to do that so we’re delighted to have him in the team.
“I thought it was a really good score.”
On Woakes: “He’s a class cricketer, he’s been a brilliant performer from us for a long period of time, that was a great start for us, and the two guys set the tone really well.”
“It’s nice for us to have a game that means a lot and we’ll prepare really well and go there and hopefully have a good game against Pakistan.”
England win by 160 runs
15:54 , Sonia Twigg
Scott Edwards: “I thought the bowlers did really well to drag it back but again it got away from us, and same old story with the bat.
“I think we held them quite well until the 43rd over, maybe we could have tried a couple of different plans but I thought they batted well.
“We’ll talk about it and figure out what we could have done better.”
England win by 160 runs
15:46 , Sonia Twigg
Ben Stokes: “I think more pleased for us to get a victory. A tough World Cup but nice to get back on winning terms today.
“It was obviously a nice wicket to bat on but there was a bit of tennis ball bounce and I wanted to take it as deep as I could and then capitalise at the end.”
England win by 160 runs!
15:44 , Sonia Twigg
England took the last wicket to secure only their second win of the tournament and bring an end to the five-match losing streak.
It was not perfect, and it was not what they are used to, but they have secured that crucial victory to move off the bottom of the table and into seventh place.
Only the top eight qualify for the Champions Trophy and with any hopes of reaching the knockout stages gone a long time ago that has to remain a priority for England.
Wicket! Dutt out for 1 - Netherlands 174-9
15:38 , Sonia Twigg
That was an absolute beauty from Adil Rashid, it turned and hit off stump, and there was nothing Dutt could do about that.
It would have done for far better batters than that, England are just one wicket away from their second win of the tournament.
Wicket! van der Merwe out for a duck! Netherlands 167-8
15:33 , Sonia Twigg
There’s another wicket and England are closing in on victory.
Wicket! Van Beek out for 2! -Netherlands 166-7
15:29 , Sonia Twigg
One wicket has brought two as it so often does!
Van Beek goes for a big sweep and doesn’t get hold of it, Rashid has his second and Malan has another catch.
Wicket! Edwards out for 38! Netherlands 163-6
15:24 , Sonia Twigg
Ali has his first wicket in the World Cup.
Edwards goes for a big shot but doesn’t get hold of it at all and it’s a straightforward catch for Dawid Malan.
Netherlands 162-5 (33) Edwards 38, Nidamanuru 31, Rashid 1-44 (6)
15:22 , Sonia Twigg
Rashid has changed ends in the hope that it will bring another breakthrough and put an end to what is becoming a prolific partnership between Edwards and Nidamanuru.
It was a bit too easy for the batters to just knock it around for singles, six runs from the over.
Netherlands 156-5 (32) Edwards 36, Nidamanuru 28, Ali 0-35 (6)
15:16 , Sonia Twigg
Nidamanuru has hit Ali over the top for a big six and that was smart batting, he has picked where the fielder was up in the ring and hit it expertly.
The 50 partnership is up.
Eight runs from Ali’s over.
Netherlands 148-5 (31) Edwards 35 Nidamanuru, 20, Atkinson 0-41 (7)
15:13 , Sonia Twigg
Atkinson will be back to bowl his seventh. He doesn’t quite get it rights and Edwards has two boundaries from it.
England will be hoping to secure another breakthrough soon, and try and wrap up victory to give their net run rate as big a boost as possible.
Netherlands 137-5 (29) Edwards 25, Nidamanuru 20, Atkinson 0-33 (6)
15:05 , Sonia Twigg
Nidamanuru has started his account in flying fashion here, moving rapidly on to 19 from 12 with a big six off Atkinson.
The rest of the over is kept tight, but there were still 8 runs from it.
Netherlands 118-5 (27) Edwards 21, Nidamanuru 6, Atkinson 0-25 (5)
14:57 , Sonia Twigg
Willey has dropped Nidamanuru at mid on, it was a difficult catch over the shoulder but he was disappointed to have dropped that and denied Atkinson his first wicket of the game.
Wicket! de Leede out for 10! - Netherlands 104-5
14:50 , Sonia Twigg
Rashid strikes! It’s quicker and flatter and skids onto the stumps of the boot of de Leede.
The batter might consider himself unlucky, and it was a touch of luck but Rashid has his first wicket in the match.
Netherlands 99-4 (25) Edwards 13, de Leede 6, Willey 2-19 (7)
14:47 , Sonia Twigg
De Leede has dispatched Willey for four in his first over since the wicket, with Adil Rashid bowling at the other end.
But there is not much on offer from the rest of the over, and the Netherlands run rate is just trickling upwards.
Wicket! Engelbrecht out for 33! Netherlands 90-4
14:37 , Sonia Twigg
Willey has just come back into the attack and he strikes immediately!
Engelbrecht tries to hit over the top but plays it straight to Woakes at mid on, and England are rattling through them now.
Netherlands 89-3 (22) Edwards 10, Engelbrecht 33, Rashid 0-7 (1)
14:34 , Sonia Twigg
Edwards has gone over the top here and picked out a boundary from Adil Rashid.
Rashid has bowled well this tournament, and has bowled his first over here, not perfect, but a solid start and England are still on top here.
Netherlands 82-3 (21) Edwards 4, Engelbrecht 32, Woakes 1-19 (7)
14:30 , Sonia Twigg
Engelbrecht has smashed Woakes four. The runs are not coming freely, but the ball is still moving around and England will be trying to look after it as best they can.
Netherlands 73-3 (19) Edwards 2, Engelbrecht 26, Woakes 1-14 (6)
14:20 , Sonia Twigg
Woakes has come back on as England are on the hunt for more wickets here to really kill the game off, and reduce the damage already done to their net run-rate.
Just the three runs from that over/
Wicket! Barresi run out for 36! - Netherlands 67-3
14:14 , Sonia Twigg
Another run out chance, this time for Barresi, he stays on the floor a long time before getting to his feet and awaiting the decision from the third umpire.
But he was out by a long way and that is the Netherlands’ 10th run out of the tournament.
Netherlands 65-2 (17) Barresi 35, Engelbrecht 22, Atkinson 0-23 (4)
14:08 , Sonia Twigg
England thought they had another wicket, Joe Root thought he had his fingers under the ball, but the third umpire has decided there was not enough evidence and Engelbrecht will survive on 16.
Moments after being handed a reprieve he has smashed the ball for six to bring up the 50 partnership.
Netherlands 57-2 (15) Barresi 33, Engelbrecht 16, Atkinson 0-16 (3)
13:59 , Sonia Twigg
Atkinson’s first ball of the over goes for a boundary but he has tightened up since.
Netherlands 51-2 (14) Barresi 28, Engelbrecht 16, Ali 0-17 (2)
13:56 , Sonia Twigg
Atkinson has got the better of the batter but not managed to catch the edge.
Runs are becoming difficult to come by, England have a run out chance in Moeen Ali’s over, and with a direct hit he would have been out, but instead was saved by a dive.
Barresi goes big...and has hit that for six! Ali makes a small mistake and the opening batter has pounced, he follows it up next ball with a one-bounce four to bring up the team half century.
Netherlands 30-2 (12) Barresi 15, Engelbrecht 11, Ali 0-4 (1)
13:47 , Sonia Twigg
England’s seamers have bowled well but it’s time for an injection of spin, and immediately they are able to get the ball away for a single.
A rare miss-field from Bairstow...but it only costs one run.
Netherlands 22-2 (9) Barresi 10, Engelbrecht 6
13:36 , Sonia Twigg
England have kept the pressure on and the Netherlands are struggling for runs. Willey and Woakes have bowled well in the recent matches following a poor start to the tournament with both bat and ball for the defending champions.
But in recent games, against India and Australia the bowling was not the problem and they have started well again here.
Wicket! Ackermann out for a duck! Netherlands 13-2
13:20 , Sonia Twigg
That was an absolutely stunning delivery from Willey, he bowls one that’s just too good, Ackermann can only get an edge on it on the way through to Buttler.
Nothing the batter could have done.
Wicket! O’Dowd out for 5! Netherlands 12-1
13:14 , Sonia Twigg
O’Dowd has just chipped to mid on and England strike early!
Woakes has his scalp
Netherlands 8-0 (4) Barresi 6, O’Dowd 1, Willey 0-4 (2)
13:10 , Sonia Twigg
There’s a boundary from the fourth over that eases the pressure slightly but not a lot.
England have bowled well and kept the pressure on but without a breakthrough, although there was a dropped catch.
Netherlands 2-0 (2) Barresi 1, O’Dowd 0, Willey 0-0 (1)
13:03 , Sonia Twigg
Willey starts with a maiden, England’s bowling has been on-point so far.
Netherlands 2-0 (1) Barresi 1, O’Dowd 0, Woakes 0-2 (1)
12:58 , Sonia Twigg
Dropped catch! Buttler is rooted behind the stumps and forces Root to go one-handed with his left hand and it just bounces out.
England set Netherlands 340 to win
12:53 , Sonia Twigg
The Netherlands are out ready to start their innings and Chris Woakes has ball in hand.
England set the Netherlands 340 to win
12:50 , Sonia Twigg
England need to make this advantage count. It was a significant improvement and the bowling has to match for them to keep any hopes of finishing in the top eight and qualifying for the Champions Trophy alive.
England set the Netherlands 340 to win
12:40 , Sonia Twigg
Here are some photos from the first innings:
England score 339 runs from their 50 overs
12:25 , Sonia Twigg
It was not a perfect performance by any shot, and it was still a far cry from the destructive batting that saw England crowned World Champions on a sunny day at Lord’s four years ago.
But it was better, largely due to Stokes, who along with Woakes carried the side from 178 for five to their final total.
Stokes weathered the storm while the middle order around him yet again collapsed, but with Woakes they rebuilt and he was well rewarded with his 108 runs.
England had wickets in hand when it came to the final five overs and for once in this tournament they were able to do it!
Stokes accelerated and led his side to a respectable total, and their second score of more than 300 in the World Cup 2023.
Wicket! Stokes out for 108! - England 334-9
12:18 , Sonia Twigg
Five inside the ring due to slow over rate and Stokes is on strike for the final over of the innings.
van Beek has to bowl his first ball again with an attempted wide yorker that was just too wide.
The next one is a full toss dispatched down the ground for six.
Stokes out! He goes for another big one, the bottom hand comes off the bat and he has been caught at long off for 108!
Wicket! Willey out for 6! - England 327-8
12:14 , Sonia Twigg
Willey has got off the mark with a massive first-ball six! He has hit a few in this tournament and that one was no different and has gone 75 metres.
He is out next ball but with one over left that will not matter.
Wicket and Woakes 50! England 321-6
12:11 , Sonia Twigg
Woakes has gone for it this time and has got hold of it and sends it for six to move on to 47, and follows it up with a four to bring up his half century!
He tries to score another one and gets an edge on it as the ball went through to the keeper and has to depart for 51, but it was a good innings from the all-rounder.
Stokes 100 - England 309-6
12:08 , Sonia Twigg
The sun has just about set in Pune, and Stokes reverse-sweeps for four to bring up his first World Cup hundred.
It came from 78 balls, he absorbed the pressure then accelerated, and has dragged England towards a respectable total here.
England 301-6 (47) Stokes 96, Woakes 40
12:04 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes is into the 90s with a huge six off de Leede, it is now his biggest score in World Cup cricket, it also brings up the 100 partnership between him and Woakes.
He follows it up with a smashed four down the ground.
284-6 (46) Stokes 82, Woakes 36
11:59 , Sonia Twigg
The previous over was the best in the World Cup so far for England with 24 from it. van Beek can also only bowl two successive wides at the start of the next.
Stokes is struggling between the wickets here as he often does with that on-going left knee problem. Five wides brings more welcome runs for England, that last over really seems to have shifted the momentum.
There is a fourth wide in the over, and 14 runs from it.
England 270-6 (45) Stokes 80, Woakes 32
11:52 , Sonia Twigg
Woakes took a single off the first ball of the over to bring Stokes on strike to face Dutt’s final over.
And he does go for it, a boundary into the off side takes England past the 250 mark.
He follows it up with a fortunate six over the leg side, the fielder almost got there but could only tip it over the rope.
Two balls later he goes for a reverse sweep, misses it and falls over and the Netherlands have reviewed...but survives with a murmur on the snicko leading the third umpire to believe there was a bottom edge.
The next ball is a high no ball that Stokes makes no mistakes dispatching over the rope for six, and Dutt will have to bowl it again.
And that one goes for six too! 24 runs from the over!
England 245-6 (44) Stokes 58, Woakes 31
11:44 , Sonia Twigg
This pair are still going and it will be interesting to see when they really start to go for it.
England will want to get as close to 300 runs as they can.
Englnad 239-6 (43) Stokes 54, Woakes 29
11:38 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes brings up his half century with a huge six over midwicket, it has been an important innings for England and helped steady the ship while the other wickets tumbled.
A better over from England, 10 runs from it.
England 229-6 (42) Stokes 46, Woakes 27
11:33 , Sonia Twigg
A tight over with just four runs from it.
England 225-6 (41) Stokes 45, Woakes 24
11:29 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes has been hit in a sensitive area there! But after a moment to breathe he is okay to continue.
Woakes has two fours from the over.
England 215-6 (40) Stokes 45, Woakes 14
11:24 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes is inching towards his half century here, but there is plenty of time to accelerate later in the innings, if England can keep wickets in hand until the final six overs or so.
Eight runs from that over is an improvement for England.
England 204-6 (38) Stokes 41, Woakes 7
11:18 , Sonia Twigg
The pair at the crease have just kept knocking the ball around, and there is still a long way to go in this innings and this match.
England 200-6 (37) Stokes 40, Woakes 4
11:12 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes and Woakes have a rebuilding job to do here. They will want to bat out the overs and see England over the line, if they can do so, the runs will come.
But all of England’s batters have struggled to remain at the crease for any substantial period of time throughout the tournament.
The run rate, which had been up around seven an over has just dropped to under six, but the 200 is up.
Wicket! Ali out for 4! - England 192-6
11:05 , Sonia Twigg
Ali has absorbed pressure for a while but goes for a big shot and was caught be De Leede at long off.
England have lost their sixth wicket with more than 14 wickets still remaining in the innings.
England 191-5 (35) Stokes 35, Ali 4
11:02 , Sonia Twigg
De Leede has kapt that over tight, just the three runs from it as England continue to tick along in Pune.
England 188-5 (34) Stokes 32, Ali 4
10:59 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes and Ali are still there even though the scoring rate has slowed, but that might be just what England need at the moment.
They have to bat their overs.
England 180-5 (31) Stokes 28, Ali 1
10:46 , Sonia Twigg
At the start, with Malan playing nicely it might not have looked like Stokes was going to have to do another rescue job, but that is the situation they have found themselves in.
Buttler has been unable to score, Brook has done no better than Livingstone who he was brought on to replace and yet again Moeen and Stokes are in to try and edge England towards a competitive total.
It’s a small ground and a flat pitch so there is no excuse. There are 19 overs left.
Wicket! Buttler out for 5! - England 178-5
10:43 , Sonia Twigg
Buttler has been horrific form and I’m not sure he will want to watch that one again either!
He has meekly chipped the ball to mid on and has to depart.
England 178-4 (30) Stokes 27, Buttler 5
10:39 , Sonia Twigg
England will not be any strangers to Colin Ackermann who has been playing his domestic cricket in the County Championship for Leicestershire.
Stokes is going alright here, at almost a run-a-ball, but Buttler has struggled as much as any England batter in this tournament.
Wicket! Harry Brook out for 11 - England 164-4
10:33 , Sonia Twigg
Brook has not had a great World Cup, and it was captured with that! he goes for a big shot but picks out the player in the deep and as they have done so often in the tournament, England have lost another wicket.
The Netherlands have fought back with three wickets for 31 runs.
England 164-3 (26) Stokes 17, Brook 11
10:23 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes has hit a stunning drive down the ground for four, that was up there with the best of the drives seen so far in the match.
He follows it up with another fluent boundary the following over, this time through the off side.
England 149-3 (24) Stokes 5, Brook 9
10:15 , Sonia Twigg
Stokes and Brook have to steady the innings, but it is also an opportunity for them.
Stokes, to build on his 64 against India, and for Brook, who has come back into the team for this match, a chance to impress on the big stage.
Wicket! Malan out for 87 - England 139-3
10:08 , Sonia Twigg
That was a poor mix up!
Dawid Malan has to depart, it was a running mix up and the in-form batter is run out just 13 runs short of what would have been his second century of the tournament.
Wicket! Root out for 28 - England 133-2
09:59 , Sonia Twigg
Root has gone!
He has gone for a trademark scoop, but it was too pre-meditated, he hesitated trying to play the shot and has gone for 28 runs!
That ball went straight through the legs of Root as he tried to pull out of the shot at the last minute, but from that position was left with very few options.
England 131-1 (20) Malan 84, Root 28
09:56 , Sonia Twigg
A quieter over from Dutt, but it is getting to the point where the Netherlands need a wicket, and they would like ti to be Malan.
But England have set the platform, something they have failed to do so often, and are looking comfortable.
England 124-1 (19) Malan 82, Root 23
09:51 , Sonia Twigg
Malan hits a second six to move into the 80s, this has been excellent batting from the England opener, who raced to ihs half century, took his foot off the pedal a little bit there, but has the World Cup’s 500th six!
England are cruising here. It’s just difficult to explain why there wasn’t any of this earlier in the tournament.
England 111-1 (17) Malan 72, Root 20
09:42 , Sonia Twigg
Malan has launched the ball to the short boundary for a 65-metre six! He has looked confident and composed here.
Root is just playing the ideal supporting role to Malan’s shot-scoring as the pace picks up from the innings.
He is just rotating the strike well and allowing Malan the freedom to go big.
England 82-1 (13) Malan 58, Root 6
09:27 , Sonia Twigg
Malan had a slightly nervy moment when he went for a leg-side flick, and didn’t quite get hold of it, but it was short of the fielder in the deep.
Root is just taking his time to get set here. As Nasser Hussain is mentioning on commentary, he has not looked in poor touch this tournament, but has just not had the scores to back it up.
England 70-1 (10) Malan 51, Root 1
09:14 , Sonia Twigg
This is the best start to an innings for some time in this World Cup, although their problem both in the tournament and leading up to it was the loss of wickets.
Joe Root scored runs in the first two matches, against New Zealand and Bangladesh and will want to add to his World Cup tally here.
At the end of the powerplay, England have 70 runs on the board, and it looks like a good pitch in Pune.
England 63-1, Malan 45, Root 0
09:07 , Sonia Twigg
Malan has looked on form here, and he remains the only England player to have scored a century in the tournament so far, although the game against Bangladesh feels like a very long time ago.
This is a chance for England’s batting to show that they can still, in fact, bat - something they have not been able to showcase this tournament.
Wicket! Bairstow out for 15 - England 48-1
09:01 , Sonia Twigg
Having said all that about a good platform, Jonny Bairstow is out!
He tried to go for a heave into the leg side and top-edged the ball and was caught. He has not found the form of 2019 where he set the world alight at the top of the innings.
The Yorkshire batter might be disappointed with that, there was a good opportunity for him to go and score runs today.
England 47-0 (6) Bairstow 15, Malan 30
08:58 , Sonia Twigg
England have been exceptional in this powerplay, and Malan in particular has picked off anything short or wide and looks comfortable.
If they can perform well, there will be calls over why they could not do this earlier, but there is still a 2025 Champions Trophy place at stake, and missing out would be embarrassing for the side that can just about still call itself defending champions.
England 29-0 (3) Bairstow 7, Malan 20
08:44 , Sonia Twigg
This is just the start England would have wanted and what they haven’t had all tournament.
Maybe something about being officially out and having hit rock bottom has sparked something. It’s still early in the game but the openers are imposing themselves on the Netherlands and also defending at times.
England 6-0 (1) Bairstow 6, Malan 0
08:34 , Sonia Twigg
A solid start for England, at least there were no wickets lost unlike the first ball against Australia.
Bairstow got off the mark with a flick for four, and England are up and running against the Netherlands, who chose to open with spin.
England vs Netherlands
08:27 , Sonia Twigg
The anthems are done and it’s time for cricket.
England vs Netherlands
08:20 , Sonia Twigg
Moeen was part of a golden generation who became world champions on home soil in 2019 and are likely to go down as the country’s best ever white-ball side, but their story is ending in disarray.
After arriving in India with genuine hopes of defending their crown, they have crashed out of the competition in humiliating fashion with six defeats from their seven matches so far.
England vs Netherlands
08:10 , Sonia Twigg
Ben Stokes has not been rested or dropped or sent home, but Steve Harmison believes he should have been:
Stokes has revealed he will undergo surgery on his longstanding left knee injury once England’s tournament is over but, with the defending champions no longer able to reach the semi-finals, they could decide to cut their losses and bring things forward.
The first Test of a major five-match series starts in Hyderabad on January 25, with a training camp in Dubai beginning two weeks earlier, meaning Stokes is already on a tight recovery schedule for a major operation.
England win the toss and choose to bat first
08:05 , Sonia Twigg
Jos Buttler has won the toss and chosen to bat first, a change from the trend of the side who have tended to favour chasing throughout the last few years.
The England captain said: “The work ethic is still there, the boys were working as hard as ever yesterday to put things right.
“There’s always belief, you don’t get to the standard you’ve got to without that belief. We look forward to today as another opportunity to put things right.”
Mark Wood and Liam Livingstone will be rested, with Harry Brook and Gus Atkinson coming into the side.
England vs Netherlands
08:00 , Sonia Twigg
As far as England were concerned, the match against the Netherlands still has something worth playing for:
England’s early exit from the World Cup is already guaranteed but assistant coach Carl Hopkinson insists their bottom-of-the-table clash against the Netherlands is no “dead rubber”.
As the tournament finally edges towards the business end, the defending champions have long since become an afterthought in the wider context of the competition.
They have lost six of their seven games and saw their last mathematical chance of a miracle wiped off the table by rivals Australia in Ahmedabad last week.
England vs Netherlands
07:50 , Sonia Twigg
In Sri Lanka’s clash against Bangladesh, there was another controversial moment, when Angelo Mathews became the first-ever international cricket to be timed out:
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews has criticised opponents Bangladesh for the appeal that led to him becoming the first player to be timed out in 146 years of international cricket during their World Cup clash in Delhi.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan appealed to the umpire for the batter’s wicket as Mathews, who had called for a replacement helmet after appearing to notice his strap was broken, was not ready to face his first ball within the two minutes required by the competition rules.
England vs Netherlands
07:40 , Sonia Twigg
Before we get into a look at the match, which starts at 8.30 am GMT (2pm local time), here is a look at arguably the greatest ever ODI knock of all time, from Australia’s Glenn Maxwell yesterday.
Maxwell defied “horrific” back spasms to hit an unbeaten 201 and power his side from 91 for seven to 293 and a three-wicket win.
It was Australia’s first one-day international double century and here the PA news agency looks at the records set by Maxwell and his eighth-wicket partner Pat Cummins.
England vs Netherlands
07:30 , Sonia Twigg
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog for England vs Netherlands.
At the start of the tournament it seemed like an easy fixture for the defending champions against an associate nation, but Jos Buttler’s team’s failure to perform, and at times spectacularly implode, means there could be more twists and turns to come.
It will be interesting to see if England make any changes, as there have been calls from some areas of the media to change things up and allow Harry Brook and Gus Atkinson a chance to impress, as the two younger members of the squad.