Australia and NZ resume play after rain

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.

The teams took a point apiece - a result that was arguably of most benefit to Group A rivals England, who launched a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday.

Dark skies approach as Adam Milne of New Zealand dismisses Aaron Finch of Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston.

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).

Australian side has not played together for approximately four months, They clinched victory in their warm-up game against Sri Lanka whereas their practise match was washed out due to rain.

When Ronchi's attack finished, the batting robotic 2017 Model K that we call Kane Williamson played an ODI innings as if it was pre-planned to be a hundred from the moment he came out.

But no sooner had Henriques been dismissed then fresh rain took the players off the field.

"The last probably 10, 15 overs was pretty good, and that's something that I guess we have done pretty well for a very long time".

The only time New Zealand were not in control was when Williamson was run out and the middle- and lower-order followed him with a collapse.

New Zealand has won 13 of their last 17 completed ODIs in the Champions Trophy and World Cup (L4); winning eight of its nine fixtures at the 2015 World Cup, losing to Australia in the final.

"Let's hope today was a bit of rust and we can let it go and keep moving forward".

Earlier, New Zealand elected to bat under overcast conditions and got off to a brisk start.

"I feel really good, excited to play in another big tournament, these are the ones you want to play in and I am excited to be out there on Friday", he said. "This is a big tournament; we pride ourselves on how we perform in these tournaments".

Australia face New Zealand at Edgbaston but won't make a decision on the make-up of their team until just before the game.

"Guys were going pretty hard", he said.

As far as their attack is concerned, New Zealand will expect swing bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who can get the ball to move around in the air and off the seam, to do the bulk of the damage.

  • Zachary Reyes