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Australia v New Zealand
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Group A
Edgbaston, 12th June
Preview by Amy Nicholson
After a loss in their opening fixture, Australia will have to pull together when they take on a confident New Zealand side in their second group game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on Wednesday (12th June).
Australia proved to be no match for England as they suffered a 48-run defeat in the opener on Saturday (8th June). A confident New Zealand started their campaign with a win, beating Sri Lanka by one wicket at Cardiff on Sunday (9th June).
The 2000 winners came into the tournament after a 2-1 series win over England. The Black Caps' will be looking to carry on their form when they clash with neighbours Australia.
New Zealand will be without all-rounder Grant Elliott, after he suffered a tight calf injury in this afternoon's training session (11th June).
Good news - everyone has come through a tough nets session OK except Grant Elliott who will miss the match with a tight calf. #ct13 ^JP— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 11, 2013
Australia are without captain Michael Clarke, who is ruled out for the second game due to a long-standing lower back injury.
Stand-in skipper George Bailey will be looking to lead from the front as he did against England.
"We need to get the balance right, we need to get partnerships going, that needs to be addressed. We have to turn around things," Bailey said after their loss to England.
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Shane Watson, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Clarke.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Doug Bracewell, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson.
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1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies