Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

However, England lead the Group A table after comprehensive victory over Bangladesh, while New Zealand's series opener against Australia bore no results.

Bangladesh are yet to garner any points as they were defeated by hosts England in the tournament opener despite putting up a total in excess of 300 runs. "It's disappointing not to get a win but can't do much about the weather and we can't control that", he added. Against Bangladesh, they had reached 83-1 in pursuit of 183 to win and required only four more overs to be bowled to ensure they would take maximum points via the Duckworth-Lewis rule used in rain-affected matches.

It was the ideal practice match, except this time it was for points, and they were going to collect them all after only a small chase against an underwhelmed Bangladesh who had already stopped using catching fielders and seemed to be hoping just to slow the runs until the rain came. "The groundsmen perhaps could have shown a bit more urgency, being a big tournament, but I think they did the best job they could and the umpires said it was an 8.30 pm start, so you've got to do what they say".

"A little bit frustrating", Smith said of that missed opportunity.

"Yes, I think it might help". So we come into this tournament full of confidence and knowing that the conditions we're playing in, we've played in before and have had success.

The no result means that Australia will have to beat England to go through to the semi-final.

- England captain Eoin Morgan declined to name an XI for Tuesday's clash with New Zealand, saying they'd need to have a closer inspection under the covers at Cardiff to assess the wicket.

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England will square off with New Zealand in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. However, the veteran all-rounder believes that New Zealand would be a much tougher side to beat this time around.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh's captain, was nevertheless happy that his team remained alive in the tournament and referenced the point gained from a similar abandonment against Australia in the 2015 World Cup - when they qualified from the group stage at England's expense - as reason to be optimistic.

In their opening fixture, the Black Caps looked poised for a first-up win over Australia until rain arrived and the match was abandoned.

England's Joe Root, another of the world's leading batsmen, made a century too in his first innings of the tournament against Bangladesh.

"I can remember in the 2015 World Cup, we got one point from Australia and it really helped us go through", he said.

Australia were denied a crucial win in the Champions Trophy as rain washed out their second match in a row and saved Bangladesh from elimination.

"I thought all our bowlers were a lot better today. Two years ago, New Zealand had a lot of confidence and we didn't". In many ways they were also the inspiration for a new, aggressive approach to one-day cricket that Morgan and his players have embraced over the past two years. His six-wicket haul against New Zealand saved Australia from further embarrassment, but the performance will spread the confidence around the rest of their bowling attack that mustered just three wickets, conceding runs at 6.53 in 36 overs.

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