Over the course of the last few years, New Zealand and Australia have had the better of each other on several occasions. The two finalists for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa and more importantly, the finalists of the ICC World Cup 2015, have put down enough punches on each other in the last few years. While we have Australia dominating the Blackcaps in Australia, New Zealand return the favour by bashing Australia in their backyard. As a whole, however, this Trans-Tasman rivalry has been among the fiercest rivalries in the game.
The sides, led by two enigmatic batsmen in the form of Steven Smith and Kane Williamson, will renew their rivalry at the picturesque Birmingham in their opening game of the 2017 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Placed in the group of death, there is no margin for error for either of the teams. Going into the game, Australia will be the overwhelming favourites, but that doesn’t mean New Zealand are written off. The Kiwis tend to pack a punch above their weight in ICC events and that has been a clear trend.
Below, we have a look at the five tactics which New Zealand can use to beat Australia at Birmingham.