Champions Trophy: Australia's Steve Smith frustrated by Oval abandonment
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 22:13
"If we take a step back, we've already lost the game before stepping out there".
Hello and welcome to our live blog of the 6th match of the ICC Champions Trophu 2017, between the hosts England and New Zealand.
Tuesday's match features two of cricket's brightest batting talents in Williamson and England's Joe Root.
Two years ago, England´s woeful first-round exit from the last International Cricket Council 50-over tournament included a humiliating eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in Wellington.
Victory for England on Tuesday would see them into the semi-finals of a 50-over tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams.
"It was sort of men against boys". There could be five England faces remaining from that day if Steven Finn - who was clattered for an eye-watering 49 off two overs, largely by Brendon McCullum - is recalled after replacing Chris Woakes. "They know the game inside and out, and their own games". "It's disappointing not to get a win but can't do much about the weather and we can't control that".
"I think we can", he said, referencing England's victory over South Africa in Leeds two days after the first attack at the Manchester Arena last month.
All three were out when well set, allowing New Zealand to put the brakes on England - but Jos Buttler scored 61 not out from 48 deliveries to take the score past 300. The Black Caps' only defeat came in the 2013 Champions Trophy, which was also in Cardiff.
"Australia has to win against England and we have a great chance to beat New Zealand and go through.
We have very similar characteristics and values as a side and it's probably the easiest to relate to out of those four teams that made the latter stages [of the 2015 World Cup]". Given the water under the bridge since that game, it is something of a quirk that they will line up with the same top four on Tuesday: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
"I haven't spoken to any players from other teams in the tournament".