Most anticipated contest in this ICC Champions Trophy’s 8th edition will be played live at Edgbaston. It’s the 2 evenly matched teams will face each other, the contest between the best batting line up Vs the best bowling will take place tomorrow.
Australia and New Zealand are the contenders to lift the 2017’s ICC Champions Trophy. Both will play their first match of this tournament.
Even though Australia are not playing international cricket since their test tour to India, the Aussies can’t be ruled out of this competition. After their 4 test match series, which they lost 3-1, the Aussies were busy playing IPL.
On the other hand, the Kiwis played a tri-nation series involving Bangladesh and Ireland. So the Black Caps are into that groove of this 50 over format. Apart from the loss to Bangladesh, New Zealand won the series handsomely and they come to this match with full of confidence.
- Australia Vs New Zealand head to head – In 135 matches played overall, Australia has good ODI record against New Zealand. The Aussies have won 90 matches whereas the New Zealanders have managed to win just 39 matches.
- Australia Vs New Zealand in England- Both the teams has an evenly matched record. In 3 ODIs Australia has won 1 and New Zealand have won 1. One match was not resulted.
- Australia Vs New Zealand at Edgbaston – Both the teams faced each other in the Edgbaston but the match had no result.
Players to watch out in the Australia Vs new Zealand match –
- Steve Smith – The skipper is an inspiration for the Australians in this Champions Trophy. Smith will be leading the Australian side for the first time in an ICC tournament so he will be expected to bat well and captain the side well. In this opening match at Edgbaston in Birmingham against the Kiwis, Smith should be on the mark that can set the tone for the rest of the tournament.
- David Warner – Most dangerous Opening batsmen in the world right now. If the Aussies want to win this Champions Trophy title for the 3rd time, then a lot depends on how Warner bats for Australia. He has been Mr. Terrific opener for Australia after the retirements of legends like Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. In this opening match against New Zealand, Warner is expected to give a flying start to his team. He is the man who put the Kiwis under pressure straight from ball one.
- Mitchell Starc – A very dangerous pace bowler in this swinging conditions in England. Starc missed the IPL and the reminder test series due to injury. He is expected to lead the pace attack for Australia with the new ball. Having Mitchell Starc is big plus for the Australians. He swinging deliveries and Yorkers, slower deliveries will be a treat to watch for the fans. If Starc fires then there is no way that Australia could lose this opening match.
- Adam Zampa – Adam Zampa has a big task on his hands. He bowled well in the conditions that suited him in India. But it will be all different in England. Zampa would be operating with his spin in the middle overs, it will be important that he doesn’t leak runs. Zampa has that tendency to give away runs in his quota of overs. Smith and Zampa should be able to stop that flow of runs. That might make a huge difference of the eventual score in the end.
New Zealand –
- Kane Williamson – Modern Day great batsman for the Kiwis and in the world. In his debut season of IPL he was simply brilliant. He showed that he can score runs anywhere in the world. In this opening match against Australia he will expected to do the same in England. Williamson’s batting will hold the key for the New Zealanders in this competition. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson are the pillars in the Kiwi batting line up.
- Trent Boult – It will be the best and suitable conditions for the pace bowler like Trent Boult. He didn’t have a great IPL so Boult would want to prove his worth in this match. Trent has all the experience to face the Aussie batsmen. He is the player to watch out for.
- Tim Southee – If the Australians have Mitchell Starc, then New Zealand has same quality bowler named Tim Southee. Southee has the same calibre as Mitchell Starc. He can use these swinging conditions to good effect. His experience against Australia will come handy. Boult and Southee are the best bowing combination with the new ball and in the end of an innings.
- Martin Guptill – New Zealand will rely on Guptill for a good opening start against Australia tomorrow. He must find his touch consistently. He scored a fine hundred before coming in this tournament. But scrappy show in the rain-affected warm-up against India should not affect him. He should make sure that he doesn’t repeat this performance again. Like Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill’s form is also crucial for the New Zealanders. He is the important player in that batting line up.
The playing XI for Australia – The Aussies have some selection issues before this game. The question is that who will open with David Warner? Aaron Finch or Chris Lynn?
Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Aaron Smith, Pat Cummins, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa
The playing XI of New Zealand – The Kiwis has a good team, they have a balanced side.
Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
The match will be Live at 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 15:00 IST on Star Sports Networks and Hotstar.