Netherlands coach Cook acknowledges semi-final hopes distant


Netherlands coach Ryan Cook admitted their dream of reaching the semifinal at the ongoing World Cup “looks a bit distant” following the drubbing that the team got at the hands of Australia here.
The Dutch team lost by 309 runs — the biggest in tournament history — against Australia, their fourth loss to lie at the bottom of the points table.
The Dutch team will face Bangladesh in their next assignment, before taking on Afghanistan, England and India.
“We’re going to back ourselves against any team that we come up against. Obviously, we do have four more matches left and we’ll be aiming to try and get as many victories as we can.
“We said that at the start of the tournament when we got here that we’ll sort of be pushing for semi-finals. That looks a bit distant at the moment,” Cook said after the match.
“But obviously, if we can get a couple of wins along the way from any of the teams that we come up against, we’ll be preparing really well for that and we’re trying our best to make that happen.” “I think the guys will be very disappointed out there in the change room. We talked a good game before the game, and we didn’t play a good game of cricket today,” Cook added. “We didn’t execute our plans quite like we wanted to and then the fight that we have shown in lots of the matches we saw only glimpses of that and we need to play better cricket for a lot longer if we’re going to compete with teams like Australia.