Smith aims to topple 'predictable' England

Travis Head of Australia celebrates after scoring a century

Travis Head of Australia celebrates after scoring a century

Australia captain Steve Smith insisted his side would remain on their game in a must-win Champions Trophy clash against England despite a bitter pay dispute with their own board.

Australia need to beat the hosts at Edgbaston on Saturday to avoid crashing out at the group stages after two successive wash-outs against New Zealand and Bangladesh.

England chose to bowl first on a cloudy morning against opponents who also stuck with the same team thwarted by the weather in the no-result against Bangladesh at The Oval five days ago.

However, Australia would be taking positives out of their bowling performance in their last game in which they bowled out Bangladesh for 182 before rain denied them a probable victory.

If England wins the match against Australia, the Bangla tigers will cruise to the final four. They've got some risky players that we're going to have to keep quiet.

'We're pretty confident at the moment and, with the game we've got, if we produce somewhere near our best in this tournament we'll certainly contend'.

Smith knows his men must beat England at Edgbaston or face early elimination from the Champions Trophy.

"From our perspective, if we're looking to win this tournament and go beyond and win the World Cup, we need to be beating the best sides in the world", England captain Eoin Morgan said on Friday.

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Australia have won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against England and overall have a 60% win rate against their old rival.

Morgan said he had emphasised to his players not to take their foot off the gas against the Aussies, who they could boot from the tournament with a victory.

To that end, he will continue to lead by example, having grown in stature to the point that England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace has described him as "the single biggest influence" behind the team's dramatic improvement since the last World Cup. So hopefully, they don't turn up and play the game they're capable of and let us into the game. "I think they've played some good cricket, particularly here in England".

"So you're halfway through the battle, if that makes sense".

Finch had scored his best ODI score in a year, including eight fours, to reach 68 when he heaved a delivery from Ben Stokes straight into the air and Eoin Morgan retreated from cover to take a well-judged catch. "The way this tournament is, it's quick, cut-throat and we always say with tournament play you have to be peaking at the right time".

'I've never played in the Ashes - and there are others like me in the changing room - so a game like this is the closest we'll get, ' he said.

"No, I don't want to", came the curt reply.

ENGLAND (likely): Roy, Hales, Root, Morgan (capt), Stokes, Buttler (wkt), Moeen, Rashid, Plunkett, Wood, Ball.

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