Champions Trophy 2017

PREVIEW: Australia vs New Zealand – ICC Champions Trophy

Australia are considered among the top favorites to lift ICC Champions Trophy as they are World Champions as well. Cricketing fraternity is rating Aussies at the top of the ladder. But it is a universal truth that “Every Day isn’t Sunday” You have to work hard to make every day special. Being World Champions doesn’t means it will be one handed task for Kangaroo’s to lift another ICC Trophy which is known as the mini world cup.

Remember, This is a new tournament and it is among the top eight sides of the world, and in a tournament like this it is not easy to judge any team better than any other team. In simple word’s you can say the team who performs better on the bigger stage will lift the title.

Coming back to the Kangaroo’s vs Kiwi’s contest, it is always a high profile contest as both nations are neighbors to each other. They are also the arch rival’s in limited over cricket as far as the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is concerned. In the past we have seen some very breath taking encounters between the two sides. The cricket fans are expecting the same kind of close contest this time as well.

Let’s have a look on the squads of both teams.

New Zealand Squad:

  • Kane Williamson (Cpt)
  • Corey Anderson
  • Trent Boult
  • Neil Broom
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Martin Guptil
  • Tom Latham
  • Adam Milne
  • Mitchell McClenaghan
  • Jimmy Neesham
  • Jeetan Patel
  • Luke Ronchi (Wkt)
  • Mitchell Santer
  • Tim Southee
  • Ross Taylor

Australia Squad:

  • Steve Smith (Cpt)
  • David Warner
  • Pat Cummins
  • Aaron Finch
  • John Hastings
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Travis Head
  • Moises Henriques
  • Chris Lynn
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • James Pattinson
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Matthew Wade (Wkt)
  • Adam Zampa

Key Players

Both teams have some very talented individuals who can turn the course of the whole matches on their own. Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tom Latham & Martin Guptill could be handy with bat for NZ, while Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch & Chris Lynn from Australia could be destructive as batters. Both sides have some decent bowler’s as well , like Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult & Adam Milne from Kiwi’s while Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson & Pat Cummins from Kangaroo’s can be lethal with white cherry.

Match Details

  • Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
  • Timing: Match starts at 10:30 Local (09:30 GMT)
  • Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Kumar Dharmasena
  • Match Referee: Andy Pycroft


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