Aus vs New Zealand: Match abandoned due to rain, teams share points

We've had a bit of success against Australia in the recent past and we'll certainly draw on that

New Zealand had the better of the proceedings by then, having reduced Australia to 53 for 3 in nine overs chasing a DLS target of 235 in 33, after they had put up 291 all out. His ability to seam the ball on English pitches is invaluable, and he couldn't bowl in the last warmup on Monday because of rain.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates dismissing David Warner of Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy match.

New Zealand's quick bowlers were a great deal better than their Australian counterparts, building up some early pressure. "I think in England you've got to bowl fairly straight and we were too wide outside off a lot of the time whether it was short or full".

"We work our hardest in these tournaments to try and win them".

He hoisted experienced seamer John Hastings for a legside six to go into the 90s before a flicked four and single off the same bowler saw him to a 96-ball century, his ninth at this level, with eight fours and three sixes.

"Look, it's one of those interesting things when you form a partnership where you want to increase the run rate and you have wickets in hand, guys come out and play aggressively".

Just before the cricket's biggest rivalry will be upon on us on Sunday, it is the Trans-Tasmanian rivalry that will be tested at Edgbaston today. Josh Hazlewood was the chief beneficiary as several batsmen carelessly holed out, with the fast bowler returning ODI best figures of six for 52. Neither country reached the semifinals that year.

The teams took a point apiece - a result that was arguably of most benefit to Group A rivals England, who launched a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday.

Williamson underscored his status as one of the players to watch in this tournament, easing into his 97-ball innings before splattering Australia's much-feared pace attack around Edgbaston with an array of shots.

Ronchi was particularly severe on Patt Cummins (1/67) as he continued his onslaught and struck the pacer for a six and four in consecutive balls in the 13th over.

That left the New Zealanders still well-placed on 254-4 but a late-innings flourish failed to materialize.

Overall, both the teams have been face-to-face in 135 matches which ended in Australia's favour 90 times and New Zealand emerged victorious in 39 ODIs. More dynamic with the bat and a better gloveman than the well-performed Tom Latham it was still a punt on the big stage, 37 one-day worldwide innings since the wicketkeeper's last half-century (that memorable 170 not out against Sri Lanka in January 2015).

Travis Boult got the breakthrough for New Zealand when David Warner's huge heave produced the thinnest of edges which was caught behind by Ronchi.

Now Australia hope they have a potent quartet of their own, with coach Darren Lehmann saying: "It would be great to see them go at it and see how they go".

His captain Steve Smith was even more honest, he called the bowling performance, "rusty" and "pretty ordinary" and that, with the rain, "we've perhaps got away with one there".

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