ICC Champions Trophy 2017 - Group A: Australia vs New Zealand preview

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 - Group A: Australia vs New Zealand preview

A good example of this would be the 1999 World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia, a match that will be discussed long into the future.

It was learnt that the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya, all of whom have a 30-yard run-up, couldn't bowl full tilt at the nets as the distance wasn't big enough.

Smith also sat the game out and has not played an ODI for almost five months having been involved in Test and IPL action in India since March.

But it was also an indication of how Bangladesh were more than just a team to be respected in sub-continental conditions, something they emphasised with wins over New Zealand and Ireland in a triangular warm-up tournament in Dublin this month. Friday's encounter at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground is set to feature several survivors, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson the star turn in atop order that also includes Martin Guptill. And, for us, our focus is on this tournament and it needs to be, because we're coming up against some good opposition.

Despite his lack of 50-over cricket, Smith, who averages over 60 in Tests, is confident he can comfortably adjust to the different environment. Tigers are looking in good touch and played some brilliant match at the Sri Lanka and Ireland tour. Cricket is an intensely technical game, and small tweaks to a batter's backswing, bat speed or follow-through can be the difference between an embarrassing walk back to the pavilion and a game-breaking century. "You just have to realise 50 overs are a lot more than 20 and you can reign things back", he said of the adjustment to ODI cricket.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson watches one of his shots against Sri Lanka on Wednesday
REUTERS Black Caps captain Kane Williamson watches one of his shots against Sri Lanka on Wednesday

Although Australia have won nine out of their last 10 encounters against New Zealand, they can not afford to take their rivals lightly.

On home soil in December, Australia eased to a comfortable 3-0 win and the skipper knows both sides will present few surprises to one another.

The 27-year-old said although there are many things going on in the background, they are now focusing on winning the eight-team tournament which comes only once in every four years.

"It's taken a few guys a little bit of time to bring their games back down a level, not try and overhit the ball, particularly in England. "(Marcus) Stoinis did very well in New Zealand in the last series, and Hastings has done very well for us over in these conditions. "We've got a couple of options there as all-rounders", Smith said.

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