Australia commences their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham, and these two-time winners have played for nearly five times and have won four games with one game being no result. Though Steve Smith’s squad will not take New Zealand carelessly,
New Zealand and Australia will look up to their rousing skippers Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith to promptly set the tendency when they lock horns today. Both of them are world class performers with the bat however they go about their charge in a very unusual manner. Keeping in mind, the cutthroat nature of the competition, it is significant for any squad to get off to a winning start and together Australia and New Zealand know it very well.
Smith being very active and busy on a field is a far cry from habitually calm New Zealander. At the same time as numerous times champions and champions trophy winners Australia is always the hardest nut to crack, and so New Zealand will enter the tournament with renewed self-confidence after their six-wicket warm-up victory over Sri Lanka at the same venue.
Till now New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat against Australia, as Australia have by no means lost to Kane Williamson’s side in the Champions Trophy and Smith’s squad will be determined to maintain their winning run alive. As Smith and David Warner structure the pillars of the Australian batting but they will be boosted by the existence of Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. New Zealand’s hopes will rest on captain Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill. Though Tim Southee and Trent Boult outline a dreadful opening bowling pair and for sure they will be the only key to the team’s victory.