Smith slams Australia's bowling performance after draw

Williamson scored 100 off 97 balls in the Champions Trophy opener against Australia which was spoiled by rain.

Set a revised target of 235 off 33 overs after dismissing the Black Caps for 291, Australia were struggling at 3-53 when rain fell again in the ninth over - with 20 overs required to be completed for a result.

Having services of some exceptional players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Kane Williamson among others, both the group A teams will feature in the second encounter of the event began on Thursday. His fellwo pacer Trent Boult had struck the first blow for New Zealand, picking up the wicket of the unsafe David Warner in the sixth over.

"We still had a lot of work to do and they've got a quality bowling attack as well".

"They have a very good bowling attack and it can make striking from ball one very hard".

"We can't control the weather", Williamson said, "although it is a little frustrating".

"We thought today was pretty good, and it's important we move on to the next game (against England in Cardiff on Tuesday)".

If Australia win that game on Monday, New Zealand have to beat England, the home team and favourites, the following day or they'll be relying on net run-rate from their final match against Bangladesh.

Boult at No11 was his one classical wicket - caught behind to make it three in four balls at the end - as he became just the second bowler in the history of the Champions Trophy to take six. Neither country reached the semifinals that year.

The Aussies are one of the tournament favourites and will look to bounce back hard from this minor setback in their next game.

Openers Dave Warner and Aaron Finch only got five off the first over, and managed only two boundaries in the first 30 balls as the chase started slowly.

They lost their last seven wickets for 37 runs after captain Kane Williamson´s excellent innings of exactly 100.

New Zealand didn't get to 200 until the 33rd over thanks to Hastings, Travis Head and Moises Henriques, who got the selection nod ahead of slugger Chris Lynn.

New Zealand wobbled late on, with Broom (14), James Neesham (6) and Corey Anderson (8) going cheaply.

Milne was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Boult claimed one.

However, the skipper was furious at the performance of his bowlers, as the returning Mitchell Starc (0-52) and Pat Cummins (1-67) in particular, struggled with the line and length albeit on a flawless batting wicket.

Hazlewood struck the first blow for Australia when Guptill was outfoxed by a bit of extra bounce and was caught by Glenn Maxwell at point.

"That was one our worst bowling displays for a long time", said Smith. L et's hope it's rust and let's hope it's gone. "I think the first 10-15 overs, we bowled too full and both sides of the wicket and in England you've got to bowl pretty straight. We gave them a lot of freebies and it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you".

"So for us now it's about making sure that we're playing each game like a final and winning the next two".

Tomorrow's match sees Sri Lanka take on South Africa at The Oval in London.

  • Julie Sanders