NZ win toss, batting first vs Australia in Champions Trophy


Ben Stokes, who is fast becoming one of the best all-rounders in the limited-overs game, will need to think on his feet constantly, for he is the type of batsman who can put the bowlers off their plans. It was one of those days where the bowler and the keeper were playing and I was just standing in between not doing much and getting beaten! That gave me confidence. The opening match of the Champions Trophy against the same opponents at The Oval on Thursday (June 1), their first meeting in the competition since 2000, is likely to herald the start of an altogether better effort.

The key to scoring runs in Champions Trophy could be the patience batsmen display at the outset, for seeing off the new ball will sometimes be the difference between merely decent scores and huge ones. I was back in the blues after a long time, so I guess I was very over-excited probably. "He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play".

"You have to be aware of the conditions. So we do want to go out and play positively and play with that freedom".

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"I don't think we'll end up going with the four big quicks", said Smith. "We are doing more than our given ability", he said.

"The way Dhoni has been able to win matches with a team with limited resources is remarkable", the former Pakistani opener said at Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017, adding, "Pakistan should definitely be scared of Dhoni, he is still a very unsafe player".

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"Khan said the wet weather prediction for June 4 was not a concern".

"We're going to have a look at the conditions in the morning, see what the forecast is like, and we'll decide our final XI then". He has practised today so we are hoping that by the time the first match comes he will be able to play, " he added.

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India have far more at stake in Sunday's Champions Trophy match against arch-rivals Pakistan than launching their title defence - even if skipper Virat Kohli insists it is "just another game".

Ahead of the big-ticket game, he further added, "No worldwide game comes easy to you, you have to work hard for it and it will be the same against India".