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New Zealand keen to take Australia form into England clash

The kiwis look to revive their Champions Trophy campaign after rain forced them to share points despite having the edge over Australia in their first game.

Published: 06th June 2017 01:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2017 01:48 PM   |  A+A-

New Zealand's Martin Guptill, right, and New Zealand's Luke Ronchi run during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham. | AP

New Zealand's Martin Guptill, right, and New Zealand's Luke Ronchi run during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham. | AP

By AFP

CARDIFF: New Zealand will look to revive their Champions Trophy campaign by beating England in Cardiff on Tuesday after a frustrating start to the one-day international tournament.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, lived up to his billing as one of the world's best batsmen with a superb hundred in their Group A opener against Australia at Edgbaston on Friday.

A late collapse meant New Zealand's total of 291 was less than it might have been but, even so, Australia had slumped to 53 for three before rain ended the match before the 20 overs required in the second innings to constitute a result had been bowled.

The upshot was that Australia and New Zealand received just a point apiece, while England took two after defeating Bangladesh by eight wickets in their opener at the Oval.

Tuesday's match is now all the more important to New Zealand's bid to get out of the four-strong group and reach the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight ODI teams.

But New Zealand opener Martin Guptill said the side would draw strength from their showing against Australia -- the team that beat them in the 2015 World Cup final.

"Absolutely," Guptill told reporters in Cardiff on Monday.

"We did some very good things in that last game, and it was unfortunate the rain came when it did."

New Zealand's aggressive approach to white-ball cricket has had a huge influence on England.

Guptill was involved when New Zealand hammered England by eight wickets in a World Cup group match two years ago.

But he said Eoin Morgan's men were now a much improved one-day outfit.

"It's very much a new-look England side over the last couple of years, and it's worked very well for them," said Guptill.

"We play our way, and they play their way, which is a similar brand, and it works for both teams."

Master-class

Heavy rain in Cardiff on Monday left New Zealand contemplating the prospect of another washout but Guptill said: "We can't control the weather. We've just got to deal with it."

He added: "We can't let that dictate the way we play. We still have to go out and do our things to be aggressive and take it to the opposition.

"If we take a step back, then we've already lost the game before stepping out there."

Tuesday's match features two of cricket's brightest batting talents in Williamson and England's Joe Root

Just as Williamson made a hundred against Australia, so too did Root against Bangladesh.

"They can both be destructive without hitting those massively big shots -- they kill teams softly," said Guptill. "They know the game inside and out, and their own games. They know where there are areas to hit, where they can to certain bowlers. So it's a master-class when they get going."

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