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Australia vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup 2011 match preview
The orange city Nagpur is ready to host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 match on Friday. Two group 'A' teams, Australia and New Zealand will play their second match in this tournament at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
ONCE AGAIN orange city Nagpur is ready to host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 match on Friday. Two group 'A' teams, Australia and New Zealand will play their second match in this tournament at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.

In their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on Sunday in Chennai, New Zealand had thrashed Kenya by 10 wickets and that too in just eight overs. Defending champion Australia also continued their winning march in the World Cup as they won a match at Motera, Ahmedabad on Monday. The Aussie team defeated Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their opening match.

VCA ground in Nagpur is a paradise for the batsmen. In the last match, at the same venue on Tuesday, Netherlands scored 292 runs but England won the match by six wickets. In the warm-up match here, Kiwis scored 311 runs against Ireland and won by 32 runs.

The Aussie batting is mainly dependent on opener Shane Watson, captain Ricky Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke. David Hussey and Cameron White can score quick runs during the slog overs. Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee are the key bowlers for their team.

From last eight months, New Zealand is not playing good cricket. They have lost to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in their last three ODI matches. Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris are the key players.

In the last three ICC Cricket World Cups matches played between two countries, Australia has won on two occasions, whereas New Zealand won once in 1999. In the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, Ricky Ponting and his team defeated the Kiwis by a huge margin of 215 runs.

Here are the ICC Cricket World Cup squads of Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke (vice capt), Doug Bollinger, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin (wk), John Hastings, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Jason Krejza, Tim Paine (wk), Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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