Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australia unlikely to pick full pace quartet against New Zealand - Steve Smith

Australia unlikely to pick full pace quartet against New Zealand - Steve Smith

However, pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, who missed that match, was unable to bowl in the second warm-up against Pakistan after rain forced the game to be abandoned after 10 overs.

With a couple of high quality pace bowling all-rounders in Marcus Stoinis and John Hastings in their ranks, the Australia bowling line=up could prove hard to handle in the swing friendly English conditions.

Medium pacer Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers for England, taking four wickets in his 10 overs and conceding 59 runs. "You know, Stoinis did very well in New Zealand in the last series, and Hastings has done very well for us over in these conditions". "We want to get back to how we want to play and get off to a good start".

The only selection dilemma in an otherwise settled batting line up is who amongst Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn will get the nod to fulfil the finisher's role.

Stoinis injured his shoulder while representing Kings XI Punjab in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

It was in Birmingham four years ago where Australia's campaign at the last Champions Trophy foundered, on and off the field.

"It probably doesn't matter a great deal".

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The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to consider the idea without an end to "cross border terrorism" - code for militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border.

With a bit of rain along with heavy cloud forecast forecast for Friday, the conditions are suitable for swing and New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee could prove to be a handful for the Australian batsmen.

"He actually felt just as quick as some of the other quicks, to be honest, in the nets". The latest suite of smart sports gear from Intel is focused on delivering more info to cricket players and fans alike, with plans to bring drones, virtual reality and a bat sensor to life later this year.

He was a surprise pick for the national team when they played an ODI series at home against Australia past year, but he shone, ending up as the leading wicket-taker and winning a game - in tandem with David Miller - with the bat.

The twin strikes affected the scoring rate a bit before Sabbir Rahman smashed 24 off 15 balls to take his team past 300.

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