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NZ grouped with Aussies for Champions Trophy

New Zealand have been pooled with Australia, England and Bangladesh for next year’s Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.

 
 

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Their opening fixture will be against the Aussies at Edgbaston on 2 June 2017 – and they’ll clash with the English in Cardiff four days later. A key fixtures against will follow on 9 June at the same venue in Wales.

“There is always a little extra buzz around the group when we play Australia, so for us to be facing them in the opener will certainly be something both teams are looking forward to immensely,” said captain Kane Williamson.

“There are no easy games in the ICC Champions Trophy and that’s what makes it so exciting to be a part of. The quick-fire nature of the tournament means you don’t get second chances, so it’s important to bring your best cricket from game one.

“These tournaments are where you get to face the best teams in the world and find out where you stand. We’ll concentrate on preparing well, being clear with our plans and competing as hard as we can in every contest.”

India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are in the other group.

The Black Caps won the tournament in 2000, when it was still known as the ICC Knock-Out.

 
 

 
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