Result: The match between Australia and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain after the Kiwis looked to have garnered the upper hand. Chasing 235 from 33 overs, Australia had fallen to 53 for three from nine before the rain came down.
Arch-rivals Australia and New Zealand face off in the third game of the 2017 Champions Trophy as they look to make a winning start on June 2.
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time: 10.30 am local (3 pm India time)
The back-drop to this game is all that’s happening off the field in Australian cricket. Captain Steven Smith and co. have been in India for a few months now, first for the Test matches and then for the Indian Premier League, but things seem to have turned from bad to worse with respect to their contractual situation.
As things stand now, there is a standoff between the Australian cricket board and the players, who are being represented by the ACA. The players run the risk of being without a contract but they have still taken a stand and coach Darren Lehmann has stated it could affect his side’s performance.
What we feel could affect Australia more than anything else is the lack of rest, the lack of mental break, having been playing non-stop since October last year. Can they afford that last push going into this competition?
New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, have usually punched above their weight in ICC competitions, and they are at their most dangerous when they start off as underdogs. That’s exactly what they are in a group that has Australia and England, two of the bookmakers’ favourites in this Champions Trophy.
The side continues to miss Brendon McCullum, but in Williamson they have a captain who exudes a lot of calmness on the field and where it could help him and his side is when the going gets very tough – much like was the case in that famous game between these two teams at Auckland during the 2015 World Cup. Williamson steered his side to a win.
What do the latest Australia v New Zealand betting tips for this Champions Trophy hold for them?
Australia’s bowling holds the key for them what with the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins leading the way for them in what will be conducive conditions for their bowlers. What needs to be seen is if Maxwell can recover quickly enough from his injury, one that he suffered in their practice game against Pakistan.
Australia’s expected playing XI:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, John Hastings, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
New Zealand have been playing with a second string side in Ireland where they took on Bangladesh and the hosts but all that will change once they reach England for this Champions Trophy.
New Zealand’s expected playing XI:
Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Australia v New Zealand head to head in ODIs:
Overall, Australia lead New Zealand by a whopping 90-39 margin but that’s slightly more even over the last 10 games, where both teams have won five apiece.
Australia v New Zealand betting tips:
Australia, who are one of the pre-tournament favourites, begin favourites here as well.
Steven Smith to top-score for Australia & Kane Williamson to top-score for New Zealand.