Aus vs NZ Champions Trophy Final Live

Australia are red-hot favourites to retain the ICC Champions Trophy that they won for the first time in 2006. Back then, West Indies were the surprise finalists and, in a match interrupted by rain, they were summarily brushed aside. New Zealand, who won this competition in a previous guise in 2000, could prove more prickly opposition, especially with the trans-Tasman contest having Big Brother-Little Brother undertones.

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Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson were ruthless in the demolition of England in the semi-final, and the same XI is likely to be trusted to do the job in the summit clash. Australia have lost just one game [to West Indies in Mumbai, in 2006, when Jerome Taylor took a hat-trick] in a global 50-over tournament in the last five years [18 wins], and it will take a Herculean effort from New Zealand to deny them on a Centurion pitch that's been full of runs.

New Zealand have won more than a few admirers for their resolve in this competition, especially given the appalling litany of injuries that they've had to cope with, and Ponting certainly won't be taking anything for granted. "They play to their strengths and they do it very well," he said. "They're a very disciplined side and have been for a number of years. Even looking at the way [Grant] Elliott went about it last night, he calculated and worked things out very well. He played the situation.

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