NZ, Bangladesh face off in must-win game

Their wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand means they are confirmed as group winners, even before they meet Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday, due to the number of victories they have recorded.

England made one change from the side that beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Group A opener at the Oval last week, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid replacing Chris Woakes after the paceman suffered a tournament-ending side strain. Yeah, come the triangular series last month, obviously we had a few players out that weren't involved in that but yeah, they are a quality side.

England qualify for semi-finals of Champions Trophy.

Tuesday's match is now all the more important to New Zealand's bid to get out of the four-strong group and reach the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight ODI teams.

"We all know the importance of getting wickets early in the innings", paceman Boult said at New Zealand's pre-match press conference in Cardiff.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: "England bowled very, very well".

"Absolutely", Guptill told reporters in Cardiff yesterday. "It's a must-win game and as a bowling unit we definitely need to take wickets".

New Zealands Luke Ronchi will again be looking to give his team a quick start.

Together with Ross Taylor (39), Williamson stitched 95 runs for the third wicket to keep New Zealand in the hunt.

Buttler, known for playing shots in a 360-degree arc, hasn't been in prime form this year, evidenced by the fact that he had composed just 145 runs in 10 matches before their fixture against New Zealand. We still have to go out and do our things to be aggressive and take it to the opposition.

"Both sides with bat and ball are very aggressive attacking teams", Buttler added. But when we can't, we go for a guy we can throw the ball to at any stage in order to try to make an impact in the game.

"If a couple of guys start scoring in the next game, we are a very unsafe side", Tamim said. So it's a master-class when they get going.

"So we're always constantly talking about it, making sure everybody feels that they can talk about it and not necessarily hide away from it".

  • Julie Sanders