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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia vs New Zealand Live scores, Commentary, Updates


Steven Smith indicated on match eve that Australia were unlikely to pick all of Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson, and the most likely scenario is that Pattinson will miss out for either John Hastings or the batting allrounder Marcus Stoinis. Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head provide all-round spin options, which could mean Adam Zampa get squeezed out of the line-up.

Australia: (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Travis Head, 6 Chris Lynn, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 John Hastings/Marcus Stoinis, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

New Zealand have a couple of decisions to make. Does Tom Latham or Luke Ronchi take the gloves and partner Martin Guptill at the top of the order? And how do they balance that attack, with so many allrounders and frontline bowling options? Choices, bro.

New Zealand: (possible) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tom Latham/Luke Ronchi (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 James Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Colin de Grandhomme/Adam Milne/Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Trent Boult.