Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Aussies to resist playing fearsome four

Aussies to resist playing fearsome four

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat on a gloomy day and proved it to the be the right decision by blasting a century. They took a chance on Luke Ronchi (despite his average of 13 since the last World Cup and that he hadn't scored more than 37 in an ODI in over two years) instead of the ever-reliable Tom Latham (Av 38 in that time). It's supposed to be an Australian bowler, one of the much-vaunted, never-actually-seen-together, four fast bowlers of the apocalypse, and the quivering mess is supposed to be one of New Zealand's late-innings hitters.

England now top Group A with two points following their win over Bangladesh on Thursday, while Australia and NZ are on one point each and Bangladesh on zero.

His fellow opener, Aaron Finch fell to Adam Milne in the next and after hitting four fours in his 16-ball knock, Moises Henriques was next to go - a thick inside edge onto his pad giving Milne a simple return catch.

Brief scores: New Zealand 291 in 45 overs (Kane Williamson 100, Luke Ronchi 65, Ross Taylor 46; Josh Hazlewood 6-52, John Hastings 2-69) vs Australia 53/3 in 9 overs (David Warner 18, Moises Henriques 18; Adam Milne 2-9).

And the skipper says his side needs to treat their remaining two Group A matches, against Bangladesh and tournament favourites England, as knockout games if they are to avoid an early exit.

A minimum of 20 overs had to be bowled in Australia´s innings for a result to be possible but so severe was the final downpour that the umpires decided there was no possibility of getting to that mark within the scheduled playing hours.

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Friday´s encounter at Edgbaston ground features several survivors, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson the star turn in a top order that also includes Martin Guptill.

"It's obviously not ideal for both sides to have a washout".

"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. So you've got to back those guys and he's worked incredibly hard the last couple of weeks to get himself in a position where he could play", Smith said. "So we probably won't end up going with the four big quicks to begin the series".

Australia face New Zealand at Edgbaston but won't make a decision on the make-up of their team until just before the game. "It is always tough to beat Australia, whatever side they put". Hazlewood said: "I think we'll be better for the run".

However, for New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, Dhoni isn't the calmest cricketer in the world.

New Zealand will now take on England in their second match.

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