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CT: Battle of pacers expected as Oz face NZ

Sports, International (Birmingham), June 1:- With a bit of rain along with heavy cloud forecast forecast for Friday, the conditions are suitable for swing and New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee could prove to be a handful for the Australian batsmen.
Smith, wary of the Kiwi pace duo, urged his batsmen to be cautious.
“They’ve got some good new ball bowlers who can swing around and if there’s a bit there, we’ll have to be quite watchful. Quite often here, you look up and if it’s cloudy it can do a lot more.
“If it’s a nice sunny day then it’s probably going to be good for batting, and if there’s a bit of cloud about then perhaps the ball might be able to shift in the air a little bit and get a bit of assistance off the wicket,” Smith said.
The Kiwi batting line up is in fine form, having chased down a target of 357 runs on their way to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their last warm-up match against Sri Lanka on May 30.
Experienced opener Martin Guptill smashed an unbeaten 116 off just 76 deliveries while Kane Wiliamson and Corey Anderson scored impressive half-centuries. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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