The last time Australia and New Zealand met was in Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Earlier in 2015 World Cup, when both the sides shared the venues, Australia won every match they hosted in MCG and New Zealand did exactly the same at Auckland. It was a game of home pitches, but this time, meeting each other at Birmingham need more retrospect. If not better with the pitch, the teams are well accustomed with each other. In Chappell-Hadlee trophy as well, New Zealand won in Australia and Australia won in New Zealand.
The average first inning score at Birmingham is 223 and second inning figure is 180. New Zealand and Australia both played record series on the pitch. New Zealand faced the highest total at the stadium playing with England. On the other hand, Australia knocked the lowest total in the stadium playing against England. Australia is back to ODI format after a hiatus of four months being busy with Test schedules. The team played only warm-ups matches before the tournament. New Zealand is handy with its win in the tri-series in Ireland last month. Also, they played against South Africa before a couple of months.
Australian top striker David Warner has a good experience of playing in England. Despite of batting 23 international innings, Warner has not scored a century in the country. This season, it might be a breakthrough for the player as his form is strong currently. Warner knocked eight centuries in last 12 months in the format to aggregate a total of 1409. Meanwhile, New Zealand is bolstered with bowlers like Trent Boult. His record against Australia is quite exceptional with 24 ODI wickets at an average of 18.41.
The venue is expecting rain and first inning is most likely to be more important. Pacers are expected as crucial bets by both the teams. New Zealand ensembled the attack with Trent Boult and Tim Southee, while Australia aligned Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummings and James Pattinson.
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