Familiar rivals set to clash at Edgbaston in Birmingham in second game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Duo, coming from group cosidered as group of death will look for positive start to the tournament. There have been intense atmosphere when these two sides have battled on the field in recent past. Australia and New Zealand, both teams have good combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.
Conditions in England is different from we usually find in New Zealand and Australia so it becomes important for both to adjust to English condition. New Zealand have good pace-attack led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult along with Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne. It’ll be interesting to see if both sides go with four pacers or they plan to play one spinner.
Martin Guptill will open along with either Tom Latham or Luke Ronchi followed by skipper Kane Williamson. Left-hander Latham has been in fine form so he may be given edge over Luke Ronchi. Ross Taylor will be crucial in middle order along with Neil Broom. Selection of all-rounder in final eleven could be worry for Black Caps because Cory Anderson has been out of form while Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have not been in decent form. Selection remains in suspense until coins flip in middle.
Australia have got problem of plenty with Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Moises Henriques all in line to push themselves in playing eleven. Not in batting, bowling also have same problem with Pat Cummings, James Pattinson and John Hastings ready to feature.
Australia have got explosive opening combination inform of David Warner and Aaron Finch. Skipper, Steven Smith will give his service at No. 3 who has been good recently.
Overall, a tough match for both teams makes an entertaining atmosphere for crowd.
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