CT 2017: Australia-New Zealand tie abondoned due to rain

For the time being, all Smith and his men can afford to think about is the Champions Trophy, a tournament that Australia have won twice before, though none of the current squad have been part of those triumphs. "We want to get back to how we want to play and get off to a good start".

"We're right behind (the CA) and what they are trying to do for the players and as partners of the game as well". Australia's weakness against the moving ball could play a factor in this contest with conditions expected to suit swing.

"We are focusing on this tournament", he said. "My focus is on that and I'll let the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) handle everything else outside of that".

"I'm not sure I completely agree with that".

Although only five, Mackenzie is a knowledgeable critic of her father and when Taylor was recently going through a poor patch of form she told him: "Dad, I think now you should poke your tongue out if you get to 50".

"But we need to start well".

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There's no doubting his sincerity in wanting the distraction to vanish, with no room for error in a competition that spans three cut-throat group games in eight days.

Australia was eliminated without winning a game four years ago, and is already up against it. "So we perhaps got away with one there".

Australia also have the option of going for all-out attack with the ball as well, with four brilliant pacers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, but they are likely to resist that temptation and go for a more balanced team. Alternatively, Victorian John Hastings could be included for his consistency.

Australia boast one of the most powerful top orders in ODI cricket, with captain Smith and opener David Warner outstanding batsmen in all formats.

It frees in-form Travis Head to occupy a place in the middle order alongside Marcus Stoinis, who clattered an unbeaten 146 against in against the Kiwis in their previous one-day series.

The only selection dilemma in an otherwise settled batting line up is who amongst Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn will get the nod to fulfil the finisher's role.

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Both batsmen, however, fell in successive balls from Liam Plunkett to leave Bangladesh 261 for four in the 45th over. The hosts' response was a controlled one, with Joe Root's unbeaten 133 and Alex Hales' 95 the bedrock of the chase.

"We would have preferred being in New Zealand's position when we came off", Smith acknowledged, the downpour landing as Australia slumped to 3-53 in pursuit of a reduced 235 in 33 overs. From then, in 10 clashes, the home team has claimed victory all but once.

Williamson hoped his side would not give Smith, who turns 28 on Friday, any presents. "We played some good cricket and we can't control the weather".

Blacks pacemen Tim Southee and Trent Boult are proven performers in England, but Southee said: "We know the conditions, but you can t rely on that". "If there is a bit [of swing] there we will have to be quite watchful", he said.

Although Australia have won nine out of their last 10 encounters against New Zealand, they can not afford to take their rivals lightly.

If a full game is played, Australia to take honours.

"I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we've put on for a very long time", Smith said.

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"It has taken a few guys a little bit of time just to bring their games back down a level and not try and overhit the ball, particularly here in England where the outfield is so fast".

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