Champions Trophy: Smith Backs Australia to be Prepared for England Battle

Australia suffered a heartbreak as their ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh was abandoned due to incessant rain after they were well-placed to register an easy win here today.

The left-handed opener passed 4000 career runs during Australia's rained out Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh, reaching the mark in 93 innings, the third quickest of all-time and easily ahead of Jones' Australian best of 102 innings.

Bangladesh were bowled out for a lowly 182 and Smith's side were looking comfortable at 83 for one when rain stopped play just before 6.45pm. Both Bangladesh and Australia roped in a spinner with the pitch in mind, given that it was the same one that was used for the clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Yesterday morning's wash-out at The Oval has put Australia on a collision course with an early exit unless it can knock off the hosts, and tournament favourites, at Edgbaston.

The Bangladesh batsmen didn't look too rusty against England in the opening game of CT 2017, but, in the end, the home team's batting power proved to be too much for them.

In the 14th over, Warner went past 4,000 runs in ODIs - the fastest Australian to do so.

Starc quickly then removed Mehedi Hasan and bundled Bangladesh for 182 in 44.3 overs.

"It's a little bit frustrating not to get a result in", Smith said. "I was happy to keep batting through the rain", Smith said.

"The equation is pretty simple for us now".

Tamim was the standout performer from his side and scored half of the team's entire total alone after Bangladesh elected to bat first. If the game had carried on perhaps they would have had a different opinion. On top of that, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals with Iqbal being the one making a resistance to the Australian bowlers. "You can't do anything with the weather so, as I said, both teams are now in the situation where Australia has to win against England and we have a great chance to beat New Zealand and go through". You have to set a limit, and 20 overs is as good as any, especially when they will play serious amounts of overtime these days to try and get a match in.

Eight members of Australia's Test squad from their recent tour of India are part of this Champions Trophy campaign, along with another Test contender in James Pattinson, while England's squad includes their new Test leadership duo of Joe Root and Ben Stokes as well as Test regulars Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. The two-time winners now have had to share the points with opponents for the second straight game after the washout against New Zealand in their opener.

Coming back from a magnificent hundred in the previous game against England, the southpaw made a brilliant 95 against Australia in the second league match of the tournament.

  • Julie Sanders