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NEW Zealand will adopt the familiar role of underdogs when they confront title holders and hot favourites Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy final today.
Form and tradition are stacked against the "Black Caps", but that will not concern skipper Daniel Vettori and his warriors ahead of the 50-over-a-side contest for a record $2million (about R15,1million) first prize in Centurion.
While New Zealand once again boxed well above their middleweight status to oust Pakistan by five wickets in the semifinals, the match never scaled the heights of 24 hours earlier when Australia crushed England by nine wickets.
The 247-run Australian batting masterclass starring unbeaten Shane Watson and skipper Ricky Ponting surpassed the totals of Pakistan or New Zealand and sent a chilling message. Australia have long been a Champions Trophy bogey team for their neighbours across the Tasman sea, winning the three previous meetings in the mini-World Cup with something to spare.
The victory margin was 164 runs seven years ago in Sri Lanka, seven wickets in England in 2004 and 34 runs in India three years ago when the tournament was last staged. Not that records will concern Ponting, who passed the 12 000 ODI run mark in the rout of England and lies third behind a cricketer he admires so much, Indian Sachin Tendulkar, and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya.
The 34-year-old Tasmanian is a team man first and last and says he will reflect on personal achievements in a game he has graced for a decade-and-a-half only when father time decides the bat must give way to a rocking chair.
"Respect every ball," Ponting warned his teammates ahead of the England slaughter and it will be no different against New Zealand at SuperSport Park in Centurion. - Sapa-AFP