Australia vs New Zealand: We `got away with one`, admits Smith

Jonathan Hernandez
June 5, 2017

Kane Williamson did his best to lighten up a gloomy Edgbaston with a silken century but rain eventually had the final say as New Zealand and Australia shared points in their opening fixture of the Champions Trophy here on Friday.

The match was called off after Australia came out to bat and scored 53/3 in nine overs, while they were chasing a target of 292 set by New Zealand.

Williamson, on whose slender shoulders the Kiwi batting rests, stroked himself to a free-flowing 100 (97b, 8x4, 3x6), first combining with the risky Luke Ronchi (65, 43b, 9x4, 3x6) and then partnering with former skipper Ross Taylor (46, 58b, 6x4) to help New Zealand post a challenging 291 all out in 45 overs.

Williamson notched up his ninth ODI ton as he scored exactly 100 from 97 deliveries.

Luke Ronchi, who started his worldwide career with Australia before switching allegiance to their trans-Tasman neighbours in 2013, was unbeaten on 24 from 17 balls, settling into his work after a dicey start which saw him twice come close to being run out.

As the play resumed once again after the rain break, the match was reduced to 46 overs a side.

After dismissing the Blackcaps thanks to some excellent bowling from Josh Hazlewood, who took 6-52, Australia lost David Warner (18), Aaron Finch (8) and Moises Henriques (18).

"Look, it's one of those interesting things when you form a partnership where you want to increase the run rate and you have wickets in hand, guys come out and play aggressively".

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

Steven Smith said he would have bowled anyway.

Hastings picked up two wickets but was the bowler Williamson tucked into the most, with the 25 balls he sent down to the right-armer taken for 42 runs in a blitz of crisp cuts and mown slog sweeps on his way to three-figures. It was pretty ordinary.

"All of us have to tell our security team where we're going to be and check back in when they return to the hotel".

Steve Smith admits Australia are now treating every game as a final as they look to kick-start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh on Monday.

"I think they batted quite well against England", Maxwell said.

Adam Milne of New Zealand bats during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston.

With the game is concerned, New Zealand will expect swing bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and their joined performances can cause some damage. Let's hope it's rust and it's gone.

John Hastings, however, restored some order for Australia when Ronchi found Glenn Maxwell at point to end a 43-ball innings featuring nine fours and three sixes.

"We were playing some good cricket, so it would have been nice to see how the game unfolded if we were able to get out and finish it", he said.

Milne's second visit was just as busy, Henriques pulling a four, edging one past slip then chipping back to the bowler.

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