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Wade ready for Kiwi challenge

UPDATED 11 June, 2013 10:48AM AEST | by Rob Somers, Omnisport 6

While Australia are still reeling from their limp opening-match performance against England, New Zealand have set their sights on Wednesday's decisive Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston.

A loss to the Black Caps would most likely send Australia crashing out of the tournament while New Zealand can virtually seal a semi-final spot with victory.

"New Zealand are in really good form, we understand that. That's the thing about this tournament - everyone you play is going to be really tough," wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Wade said.

"We all understand now that we have to win both games coming up and we are up for it."

Australia were expected to muster an early show of aggression against England on Sunday morning, but suffered a comprehensive 48-run loss.

It was a performance that drew criticism for its lack of spice, with Australia seemingly happy to allow England to canter to victory in what could be a physiological blow before the Ashes.

Wade's view of the match was much different.

"It didn't feel like that when we were on the field. We were definitely up for the challenge," he said.

"We fielded really well, we bowled quite well. We just didn't execute quite like we wanted to with the ball at the end and with the bat.

"Every time we walk out on the field to play for Australia we are ready to win."

The Kiwis know batting is Australia's weakness and are basking in their status as match favourites.

"Their top order will be feeling the heat a little bit to not only win the game but also hold their spot in the team," fast bowler Kyle Mills said.

"If we can take advantage of that I'm sure it will bode well for us in those pressure situations."

Mills said Australian opener David Warner was a 'rocks or diamonds' player and said the NZ quicks would target middle-order batsman Adam Voges.

He said snaring Shane Watson's wicket early would open the door to a Black Caps victory.

"The last time I played Australia was in the last Champions Trophy final (2009). Watson got the hundred ... and he's the key wicket for those guys I feel," Mills said.

"Warner is either going to be rocks or diamonds. He's either going to kill you or we can get him early.

"Voges is one of those guys who has been in and out of the side a lot. Hopefully we can put some pressure on those guys in the middle there ... and expose them a little bit."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 11 June, 2013 10:12AM AEST

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