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

ICC Champions Trophy: Australia unlikely to use Mitchell Starc-led pace quartet

ICC Champions Trophy: Australia unlikely to use Mitchell Starc-led pace quartet

The Champions Trophy begins today with hosts England taking on Bangladesh in the opener.

But Smith admits Australia are looking to balance the side with an all-rounder - John Hastings or Marcus Stoinis - meaning one of the strike bowlers will be receiving an unwanted knock on the door on Friday morning.

"It has taken a few guys a little bit of time just to bring their games back down a level and not try and overhit the ball, particularly here in England where the outfield is so fast".

According to Chappell, Australia, India, England and South Africa are the teams that will make it to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

The 27-year-old also addressed the ongoing pay dispute with Cricket Australia, which could yet affect the Ashes if no accord is reached between players and board.

"It takes a bit of time, (to adjust) we've been playing a lot of white ball cricket, which helps".

Smith also hinted at pace being his primary weapon in Australia's opening match against New Zealand which comes as no surprise considering the quality of resources at his disposal.

England vs Bangladesh
ICC Champions Trophy: Australia unlikely to use Mitchell Starc-led pace quartet

Pakistan suffered a mini setback ahead of next week's much-anticipated Champions Trophy match against old rivals India when their second and last warm-up game against Australia at Edgbaston was washed out after just 10.2 overs.Australia had won the toss and elected to bat first.Match officials called off the game at 2.05pm local time after proceedings had initially been delayed by nearly two hours before any action could happen.The cricketer scored 310 runs in the tournament."I've spent plenty of time up in Brisbane in the nets, but it will be nice to get out and bowl some overs in the middle", Starc said. The spotlight will once again be on the new ball combination of Tim Southee and Trent Boult while Mitchell McClenaghan is coming from a good performance in the Indian Premier League. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham both carry good form though, and Luke Ronchi made a promising half century as they went down to India in a warm-up match.

Warner hit two boundaries before Mohammad Amir dismissed him for 11 as Finch (36 not out from 36 balls) and Australian skipper Steve Smith (8 not out from 17) moved Australia to 1-57 before rain halted play in the 11th over.

Australia will take a cue from the fact that they have never lost to New Zealand in Champions Trophy. "My focus is on that and I'll let the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) handle everything else outside of that", he added.

Though some of the better matches in the last World Cup came from those featuring the associate nations, the attraction to a shorter tournament with the focus purely on the top eight 50-over sides on the planet is obvious.

Considering the cut-throat nature of the competition, it is important for any team to get off to a winning start and both Australia and New Zealand know it too well.

"You need to be switched on the whole time".

Interestingly, the last time these two teams played an ODI at a neutral venue, was at this very ground, Edgbaston, in Champions Trophy 2013.

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