New Zealand bat against Australia in Champions Trophy

Posted June 06, 2017

Captain Steve Smith has chastised his star-studded bowling attack for what he says was "one of the worst bowling displays we've put on for a very long time" in their washed-out ICC Champions Trophy opener against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

Rain played spoilsport in what was shaping up be an enthralling encounter, forcing the Group A Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand to be abandoned here on Friday.

After the first rain delay, New Zealand came out firing with Australian global Luke Ronchi particularly harsh on Pat Cummins' bowling, smashing two fours and a six from an over.

Williamson went on to make 100 off 97 balls, which included eight boundaries and three sixes, before he was run out by Moises Henriques.

New Zealand (squad): Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.

Earlier Josh Hazlewood was a standout with career best figures of 6/52, but Mitch Starc was wayward in his return to global cricket, Pat Cummins (1/67) was smashed early and John Hastings (2/69) late as the Kiwis piled on 291 in their allotted 46 overs.

Crowd catches are always pretty special and this one is no different from Australia's washout Champions Trophy match against the Black Caps. Australia were 53 for 3 in nine overs, when the rain interrupted and the umpires called off the game.

Josh Hazlewood (left) celebrates after one of his six wickets, including the last four of New Zealand's innings.

Electing to bat first, New Zealand had put up a healthy total of 291 runs in 45 overs. "I copped quite a few short ones", he said.

A fascinating battle is on the cards between the veteran batsmen of both teams and the match between two teams are also technically sound cool which will be lead by captains. We still had a lot of work to do and they've got a quality bowling attack as well.

The day began well enough with New Zealand batting first after winning the toss, a counter-intuitive act in these days of bruising hitters but not for them.

Tournament host England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in Group A yesterday and is top on two points.

To do that, after their rainy no-result against New Zealand at Edgbaston, victory over Bangladesh appears essential.

Although Williamson was the quiet customer, he silently piled up his runs in quick time and anchored the New Zealand innings. "Hopefully we can see him score some runs in the next game", he added.Poor performance: Smith was quite clear that he needs his bowlers to do better if they are to win their next match.Smith's side are based in London, where seven people were killed and at least 48 others injured in an incident at London Bridge and Borough Market.

Starc (0/52) went wicketless in his return to worldwide cricket post the injury he suffered in India earlier this year.