In world cup 2015, final the trans-tasman rivalry was on highest terms. Ground have been changed and so does the occasion but the rivalry is expected to remain the same when the two teams will be against each other at champions trophy. New Zealand have played as a team for a while and have performed better with each passing match. On the other hand, Australia have not played a single game except the warm match in last four months. If the bowl Swings, pace attack of both teams will be tested. For the first time Australian team are having four strike bowler where the kiwi’s attack will mainly depend on Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Victory in the first match will make the progression for the second phase a lot easier for both the teams and they would be eyeing the same.
What: Australia vs New Zealand, champions trophy 2nd Match, 2nd June, 9.30 GMT
Where: Edgbaston, Brimingham
What to expect: expectation of rain are there in early morning which can delay the toss and team chasing would be advantageous.
New Zealand: LWWWL
Australia: Steven Smith indicated that not all the four seamers would be picked which means that John Hastings or Marcus Stoinis could make in place of Pattinson. With Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head provide spin options which means Adam Zampa could miss out from the line-up.
Probable XI: 1 David Warner, 2 AaronFinch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Travis Head, 6 Chris Lynn, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 John Hastings/Marcus Stoinis, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand: Kiwis have few decisions to be made, like choosing between Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham for keeping gloves and opening with Martin Guptill. And choosing right combination of all-rounders and frontline bowlers.
Probable XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tom Latham/Luke Ronchi (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 James Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee,10 Colin de Grandhomme/Adam Milne/Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Trent Boult
Players in the Spotlight:
David Warner: Warner recent form with bat is encouraging for Australian team, but he is yet to score a Century in England and averages in thirties. Warner scoring runs is much needed for Australia to perform great at champions trophy.
Trent Boult: Boult swing have always left Australian team in misery whether at the world cup or at Chappell-Hadlee trophy. They must be aware about the havoc which Trent Boult could cause.
Match Prediction: Australian team are the firm favourite to win the match but it would be tough competition and blackcaps too have chances.