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Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson

By John Davison

Kane Williamson insists "anybody can beat anybody" at the World Cup as New Zealand prepare to face Australia at Lord's today.

The Black Caps have lost just once in seven matches at the tournament and currently sit third in the table, level on points with India who have played one game less.

New Zealand could seal their spot in the semi-finals with a win against Australia, who became the only team to confirm their place in the next round after their 64-run victory over England on Tuesday.

On preparing for Australia, Williamson said: "I think the most important thing is adapting to the conditions.

"Sometimes I think we've seen in the last few games that looking to blast teams out, perhaps with the use of seam movement and these sorts of things, it hasn't quite been there, and it's been about playing the long game a little bit.

"We haven't played at Lord's yet, and we'll just have to assess those conditions."

Asked about whether he would use his knowledge of playing with David Warner for Indian Premier League side Hyderabad, Williamson said: "He's one of the top players for a reason.

"He's been instrumental on the Australian side."

Australia coach Justin Langer is unlikely to rest quick bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Asked whether the pair would be rested with Australia's place in the semi-finals confirmed, Langer said: "I don't think they would want to rest."

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