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Champions Trophy 2017: Australia vs New Zealand - Preview

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 2, 2017, 2:41 PM IST



Debdoot and Pratik: This is all we have from the preview. See you guys in 20 minutes with LIVE blog of the match from Birmingham 


Debdoot: Good toss to win for New Zealand. Let's look at the two teams here: 

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult  

 Australia : David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood  


Debdoot: New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bat. 


Debdoot: I believe there will be a battle between pacers today. The batsmen are going to have a tough time out there I guess. 


Pratik: Seriously? New Zealand top-order has been in great form off late and I can't see why they can continue their form in this game. Also how can we just forget Kane Williamson. He will surely contribute heavily today.  


Debdoot: Well, Australia boast of a bowling line-up which can run through any batting order easily. The pitch here will also assist the pacers, hoping for a good show from them. 


Pratik: But then again you just cannot write off New Zealand from such a contest. Remember they have won the tournament once, they can therefore spring a surprise again. 


Debdoot: Australia are the world champions and they will surely try and get off to a winning start here. 


Hi, I am Debdoot, correspondent at Cricketnext, and I have with me my colleague Pratik Sagar. While I will be fighting Australia's case, Pratik will bat for New Zealand. 


Hello and welcome to the LIVE preview of the second game of the Champions Trophy where Australia take on New Zealand in Birmingham. 

Champions Trophy 2017: Australia vs New Zealand - Preview

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World Champions Australia will look to get off to a winning start against neighbours New Zealand as the two sides lock horns in Birmingham.

We at CricketNext will dissect the upcoming contest through our statistics based analysis where we discuss which team has greater chances of coming out on top.

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1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
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