Tim Southee wary of Aus threat
New Zealand seamer Tim Southee said on Tuesday that his side would take nothing for granted when they faced Australia in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.
The Black Caps come into the Group A clash on the back of a nail-biting one-wicket win over Sri Lanka whereas defending champions Australia, who beat New Zealand in the 2009 final, suffered a 48-run loss to hosts England at Edgbaston last week.
New Zealand, who have not played an ODI against Australia since a defeat at the 2011 World Cup in Nagpur, have lost five out of their last seven matches at this level against their trans-Tasman rivals.
‘We know that they’re a good side, and there’s the whole rivalry between New Zealand and Australia that sort of both sides tend to lift a little bit when you play against each other,’ Southee said at Edgbaston on Tuesday. ‘I think you have to understand that the players left were exceptional, and you’re not going to replace them.’