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Rain does Australia no favours

Australia's hopes of securing a first victory at the Champions Trophy 2013 were dashed when rain washed out their Group A clash with New Zealand.

Bad weather set in 15 overs into the second innings, at which point the Black Caps were 51 for two seeking to overhaul Australia’s 243 for eight.

New Zealand were 15 runs short of the Duckworth/Lewis par, but that can only be used to determine a result after a minimum of 20 overs.

The no-result means England can guarantee a place in the semi-finals by beating Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Prior to the rain it had been a productive day for Adam Voges, who top-scored for Australia with 71, George Bailey - a half-centurion for the second successive game - and New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan, whose mixed bag with the ball yielded 4-65.

In the nascent New Zealand innings Clint McKay took the early wickets of Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi, leaving all results possible when play was halted.

After winning the toss, Australia – missing David Warner for disciplinary reasons – made an awful start.

Shane Watson lasted just seven balls as he wafted at McClenaghan and was caught at the wicket by Ronchi, who started his international career with a brief stint in the Australia one-day side before his recent switch of allegiance.

Phil Hughes was then run out for a duck after a botched single involving Matthew Wade allowed Guptill to take the bails.

The dependable Bailey, again captaining in place of the injured Michael Clarke, was next man in and steadied the ship alongside Matthew Wade with a controlled stand of 64.

Wade fell for 29 when Nathan McCullum trapped him lbw, a verdict that was unwisely reviewed by the batsman.

Bailey's next partner was Voges and, while Daniel Vettori made it hard to score, the new man, pictured above, looked to pick up the rate.

The fourth-wicket pair put on 77 in 16 overs before McCullum managed to bowl Bailey, who mustered a 71-ball fifty.

Australia made 25 without further loss in the batting powerplay, reaching 176 for four, but the return of McClenaghan halted their progress.

He took two wickets in as many balls, Mitchell Marsh mis-judging a pull and the aggressive Voges somehow hitting a full toss into the hands of a grateful Brendon McCullum at short cover. It was an ill-fitting end for an enterprising innings that included seven fours.

Voges’ exit left Australia 196 for six with 35 balls remaining and they added 47 runs for the loss of two wickets.

Glenn Maxwell was key to that burst, hitting two sixes and a four off Kane Williamson in the 49th over.

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