Friday, 2 June 2017
This has all the makings of something very special in Birmingham when these two Antipodean rivals go head long into battle.
They might be separated by just the Tasman Sea but the rivalry runs equally as deep. Steve Smith leads the Aussies in a characteristically bullish, upbeat manner, while Kane Williamson has developed into an all-round master with the bat.
He has experience of English conditions and as the back-bone of his side will meet Smith head on. New Zealand have one of the most complete bowling attacks in one day cricket and will relish the early meeting with Australia.
If they can keep the likes of the pugnacious David Warner and the thumping Chris Lynn, who is one of the stars of the Big Bash, under control, the Black Caps will fancy their chances of a victory.
But this Australian team have teeth and in the brilliant Mitchell Starc have the best one day bowler in the world at the present time. If you are simply a cricket fan who loves the thrill of the experience, don’t miss this encounter. It could be a classic.