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Memories of 2013 flooded back as the group match between New Zealand and Australia was washed out due to rain in Edgbaston on Friday. Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 291 even after century from Kane Williamson. The match was reduced to 46-over per side after rain interrupted play. Josh Hazlewood picked up six wickets. Australia chase was delayed by rain and they got a revised target of 235 from 33 overs but after nine overs, Australia were 53 for the loss of three wickets when returned before umpire called off the game.
New Zealand vs Australia, ICC Champions Trophy: As it happened
TOSS: New Zealand win the toss, elect to bat first. Steve Smith doesn’t seem to bothered by it and says that he was going to bowl first anyway. He says that his team are in a good mental space despite the washed out warm-up match against Pakistan.
Australia: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (WK)
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult