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NZ wins the toss and elected to bat first vs Australia

New Zealand won the toss and choose to bat first against Australia in the Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Friday.

Australia captain Steve Smith said they preferred to bowl first, but they wouldn’t put out their four quicks.

Mitchell Starc is playing, coming back from injury, but James Pattinson was left out. Instead, they went with medium-pacer John Hastings, who has been playing for Worcestershire.

Moises Henriques will play his first one-day international since August.

New Zealand paired opener Martin Guptill with wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi ahead of Tom Latham, and accommodated allrounders James Neesham, Corey Anderson and Mitchell Santner.

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