Do-or-die for Australia in trans-Tasman clash | PunterPolls Prediction
At the last Champions Trophy, Australia beat New Zealand in the final to secure their second consecutive title. This year, the two teams meet with Australia's tournament all but on the line. A loss in their opening match against England has left the Australians vulnerable and should they lose to New Zealand, they would not only have to beat Sri Lanka next Monday but they would also need England to lose their remaining two matches to have any hope of scraping through to the semi-finals. Even then, it would come down to net run-rate. Should New Zealand win their progression is not certain, although it would take a similarly intricate series of results for them to miss out to England and Sri Lanka on net run-rate. An Australian victory would keep things fairly even throughout the group.
However, the Australians will need to overcome New Zealand without their captain Michael Clarke, who has been ruled out due to a back injury that has plagued him since he arrived in England. The more significant long-term worry will be his availability for the Ashes which follow after. David Warner is a real concern as well, having scored ducks in the two warm-up matches, followed by 9 against England. New Zealand's cordon will be well advised to be on high alert early in Warner's innings, given the way he has been slashing and edging of late.
New Zealand also have an injury concern around a senior player, with Daniel Vettori likely to miss out having had a saline injection in his troublesome left Achilles tendon. "You only have to look at him. He's limping and is a bit ginger walking around the field," the New Zealand fast bowler, Kyle Mills, said on Monday. "He's been doing it since his teenage years at this level and his body is tired. He shows tremendous toughness and hopefully he can rise to the occasion for these next games to get us over the line. He looked jovial getting his toast and cereal at breakfast this morning, but there's obviously a lot of discomfort."
Both teams are in equal bad form, Only exception is New Zealand have won and Aussie have lost their opener games respectively. Aussies teams not only struggling with players unavailability but also their key players are not in form. All they need one good match and you will find them altogether a different team.
New Zealand on the other hand packed with talent all rounders and have win in their bag is in better position. They have almost lost the low scoring encounter against Sri Lanka but then all we can say that pitch wasn't friendly to the batsmen.
Overcast weather is going to play vital role in this contest so does the toss. Team winning the toss would like to chase the target and expect their bowlers to restrict the opponent to modest total.
Our expert believe New Zealand team does have better chances to win the contest. Reason, they have played more matches then Australia in last one month time and have performed better in the England conditions whereas Aussie are struggling a lot.
RESULT ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 7th Match, Group A - Australia v New Zealand, 12 June
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