Steve Smith frustrated after second-straight washout

"But I think it´s completely different now - two years down the line".

Australia scored 83/1 in 16 overs and required minimum of four more overs of the match to be bowled and get full two points as 20 overs were needed to constitute a completed match.

Earlier, a much-improved bowling display from Australia saw them bowl out Bangladesh for 182.

Mitchell Starc has challenged a confident England side to live up to the hype ahead of Australia's must-win Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston.

Ably supported by Smith, Australia got themselves into prime position, before the rain intervened.

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"I think in the middle patches of the match, we couldn't get any wickets, that's also a [key] point", he said. "As I said it wasn't our best performance (against New Zealand), hopefully it was a little bit of rust".

"There was a drinks break at the end of that over which probably didn't help".

He fell to Starc in the first ball of the 43rd over, which accounted for three wickets, for a top edge and the rest capitulated managing just 78 runs, with nine of them coming as extras. "But to be fair it was raining reasonably hard when we came off".

In a heartbreak for Australia their match against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was abandoned as incessant rain once again played spoilsport for them in the tournament.

The result was a result in a blow to both teams' hopes of reaching the semi-finals, but it may boost New Zealand's chances to go through from the same pool.

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Victory over Bangladesh, whose only ever victory against Australia was in 2005 at Cardiff - a match memorable for Andrew Symonds' axing following a late night out in the Welsh capital - is necessary for Australia after their tournament opener against New Zealand was washed out.

Starc quickly then removed Mehedi Hasan and bundled Bangladesh for 182 in 44.3 overs.

Bangladesh, who lost to England on Thursday, are also in peril. Australia are now second in the group with two points from as many matches.

When asked whether Australia can save their Champions Trophy campaign, Starc pointed out that his country's win-loss record in situations like this reads favourably as they have won eight out of 12 matches that have been bilateral series deciders or knockout games in major tournaments. "They haven't got a big 145 (km/h) plus bowler or a trick spinner that some of the other teams maybe do and we can target that and go after them".

But New Zealand opener Martin Guptill said the side would draw strength from their showing against Australia - the team that beat them in the 2015 World Cup final.

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