Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith

With a similar outcome from their first game against New Zealand, Australia have two points from two washouts and now have to beat England in their final group game to have a chance of making the semi-finals.

In the last game against Bangladesh, Australia were 83 for 1 while chasing a paltry 183 in 50 overs and required only four overs to be bowled to ensure they would take maximum points via the Duckworth-Lewis rule used in rain-affected matches.

The abandonment means Australia have two points to their name from two Group A matches, while Bangladesh have just one following their opening loss to England and would have been eliminated with a defeat in London.

· The only previous Champions Trophy encounter between these sides came in Colombo in 2002, Australia winning that one by nine wickets having bowled out Bangladesh for 129.

"Australia was far ahead of us, but in the last match against New Zealand, Australia were in the same position (as us), so you can't do anything with the weather", Mortaza said.

Yesterday morning's wash-out at The Oval has put Australia on a collision course with an early exit unless it can knock off the hosts, and tournament favourites, at Edgbaston.

The two-time winners will now take on arch-rivals England in Match 10 of the tournament on June 10.

Tamim was unlucky to miss his second consecutive century, but his 95, made with six fours and three sixes in 114 balls, will prove to be priceless.

Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa. However, rain gods are likely to affect this match as well.

"I was actually doing a crossword", said Smith, who keeps books of crosswords close at hand on tour. Hopefully it was a little bit of rust and hopefully that's gone now and we can carry on playing the way we have.

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"I think every single team has had a long summer". Bangladesh was a bowler short in their lineup against England and may bring Taskin Ahmed into the side.

"I thought all our bowlers were a lot better today", said Smith.

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