Champions Trophy 2017: Australia-New Zealand tie abandoned due to rain

Champions Trophy 2017: Australia-New Zealand tie abandoned due to rain

Despite managing to bowl New Zealand out for 291 runs after 46 overs, Australian captain Steve Smith was far from happy with his nation's bowling performance.

As Henriques is leaving the ground, New Zealand are celebrating in the rain that will ultimately end their celebrations.

The day began well enough with New Zealand batting first after winning the toss, a counter-intuitive act in these days of bruising hitters but not for them.

Kane Williamson scored a century for New Zealand in their abandoned Champions Trophy game against Australia at Edgbaston. "We still had a lot of work to do and they've got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there".

Corey Anderson launched him for an almighty six over long leg, before skying the next ball to deep backward point, and Hazlewood came within a whisker of a hat-trick as the last seven wickets fell for 37 in 5.5 overs amid a flurry of slogs.

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New Zealand didn't come into this tournament as a favourite: the team who reached the last World Cup final have been lacking for inspiration in ODIs since McCullum took his talents to franchise cricket.

Cummins´s first five wicketless overs had cost 52 runs.

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took an ODI best six for 52.

"I don´t think we´ll end up going with the four big quicks", Australia captain Smith had told reporters at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Luke Ronchi, who started his worldwide career with Australia before switching allegiance to their trans-Tasman neighbours in 2013, was unbeaten on 24 from 17 balls, settling into his work after a dicey start which saw him twice come close to being run out. "But they were still able to take those wickets as well, which is something, I suppose, for the other teams to strive for, that on some of these surfaces you want to take those wickets through that middle period and certainly at the death as well", said Williamson. New Zealand continue to search for their maiden win against Australia in this tournament - a chance they will feel robbed of tonight.

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Eoin Morgan's men face New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday and their Ashes rivals back in Birmingham on June 10, with one win enough to place them into the semi-finals.

In his first worldwide outing since he returned home early from India in March with a foot injury, the dynamic left-armer, who averages fewer than 20 runs per wicket in his ODI career, looked threatening but meandered through his final overs and went wicketless.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Aaron Smith, Pat Cummins, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa.

Blackcaps pacemen Tim Southee and Trent Boult are proven performers in England, but Southee said ahead of the tournament: "We know the conditions, but you can´t rely on that". "Let's hope today was a bit of rust and we can let it go and keep moving forward". And that's just sort of the nature of the beast.

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