Cricket’s oldest and most prestigious venue hosted a very important fixture a few days back between Australia and England, which saw the hosts go down quite disappointingly. The Aussies confirmed their status in the knockout stages with that win and now will be battling against their other arch-rivals in Kiwis at the same venue. New Zealand have found themselves in a spot of bother after losing their previous match to Pakistan.
They just need a point to move ahead of India and Australia to top the points table and also will confirm their knockout berth. Kane Williamson‘s outstanding form has been carrying the side forward quite amazingly and they need some more of it.
These sides played an unforgettable group stage encounter in the previous edition and the final at the MCG fancy the merit to mention. Finch & Co are keen to defend the title whilst the Blackcaps wish to go one step further than the previous one, which makes up for a cracker of a Saturday afternoon.
Australia captain Aaron Finch said the champions had toned down their World Cup act as they prepare to face New Zealand, the team they beat in the 2015 final, at Lord’s on Saturday. The match will revive memories of a Melbourne final in which wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, now a member of Australia’s coaching staff, was criticized for ‘”sledging” or verbally abusing New Zealand batsmen in his final one-day international. But since then Australia have been through the trauma of a ball-tampering scandal that saw former captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner handed 12-month bans.
“I think it has been a great spirit out on the field, regardless of results. I know the last one was quite an aggressive World Cup on the field, mainly from us. We were quite aggressive in our approach and how we went about things,” Aaron Finch said at Lord’s on Friday.
That will be a really good opportunity
“I know that they (Starc and Cummins) have got no interest whatsoever in being rested or anything like that. We want to try to keep our winning momentum. You don’t want to tempt fate. I mean, we have got a week until our next game (against South Africa),” Finch added.
“We feel as though that week will be a really good opportunity for the bowlers to really freshen up and de-loading them three or four days after this match to manage them through the next part of the tournament, and obviously with a huge summer coming up here with the Ashes.”