ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Milne then struck twice in quick time, removing Finch and Moises Henriques to derail Australia's chase before heavens opened up for the third time in the match with the Aussies in a spot of bother at 53 for three in nine overs.

Play has resumed at Edgbaston after 9.3 overs with New Zealand at 1-67, having won the toss and electing to bat against Australia in their Champions Trophy showdown.

The Kiwi captain top-scored as his side looked to be heading for a win before play was halted in the second innings.

Further rain during the mid-innings break led to a new target being drawn up under the Duckworth/Lewis method for weather-affected limited overs matches.

New Zealand will not be happy with the "Rain Gods" as initially, they made the task easier for them followed by disappointing them with a no-show against Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Both teams received a point apiece for the no result from what was their opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day global teams.

Australia also have the option of going for all-out attack with the ball as well, with four brilliant pacers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, but they are likely to resist that temptation and go for a more balanced team.

Meanwhile, New Zealand, captained by star batsman Kane Williamson, will have some tough decisions to make on game day.

"It would have been nice for some of the guys to have a hit and get used to the conditions we are going to have to face", Smith said.

Injuries have meant the quartet of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson have rarely all been fit at the same time.

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.

"Martin Guptill's possibly our best white ball cricketer".

"I think today we played some good cricket, showed some good signs".

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.

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.

The right-hander was dismissed off the very next ball he faced when he was run out thanks to an accurate throw by Cummins.

By then Australia had picked off the risky Martin Guptill, squared up by Hazlewood, but somehow failing to do the same with Ronchi.

His partnership with Ross Taylor was allowed time to breathe because of Ronchi, and they batted throughout the middle of the match and were starting to accelerate in their last few overs together before Taylor skied a ball into the covers. "We want to get back to how we want to play and get off to a good start".

  • Julie Sanders