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Champions Trophy: England faces tougher test against NZ

New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot against Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy, Group A cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England Friday June 2, 2017.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot against Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy, Group A cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England Friday June 2, 2017.  

After a comfortable outing in the tournament opener, title favourite England is set to face a much stiffer test against New Zealand in a crucial Champions Trophy Group A fixture here on Tuesday.

There is a lot at stake for both teams. England will put its one foot in the semifinals with a second successive win while New Zealand will aim for two full points after rain denied it a crack at Australia and the two teams settled for a point each in a game that produced no result.

England could not have hoped for a better start to the tournament as it thrashed a lacklustre Bangladesh in the first match on Thursday.

The host will also have to deal with the absence of fast bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes

Nonetheless, an exciting contest is in the offing with New Zealand showing a lot of promise against Australia.

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