England's last one-day worldwide tournament meeting with the Black Caps ended in an eight-wicket defeat at the World Cup in February 2015.
"Of course. any England-Australia game is a huge game", he said.
There will be no let up for England in their final group match against Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday either despite the fact the hosts effectively have nothing but bragging rights to play for.
"We know how well we've done and we know if we perform to anywhere near our capability we are going to be a tough team to beat", said Stokes.
"I think once they get out in the middle, things will just click into place, and yeah, hopefully we can play well on the 10th in Birmingham".
It was a much-improved showing on what was served up against New Zealand last week and Smith said he was relishing the opportunity to unleash them on England's powerful batting line-up.
Kohli knows momentum can change quickly in one-day competitions, especially against a desperate Sri Lanka team looking to bounce back from defeat by South Africa in their opener.
Guptill (26) combined with Luke Ronchi (65 off 43) to kickstart the New Zealand innings against Australia last week, with skipper Kane Williamson's 97-ball 100 anchoring the Black Caps to 291 off 45 overs.
Buttler, however, could only watch as Tim Southee ended the innings with three balls to spare by dismissing tailenders Mark Wood and Jake Ball with successive deliveries. "It's a must-win game and as a bowling unit we definitely need to take wickets". So it's a master class when they get going.
"We will take a very serious attitude into the Australia game".
Taylor showed little resistance thereafter, triggering a collapse that allowed each of England's front-line bowlers to claim confidence boosting wickets ahead of tougher challenges to come.
Williamson, who escaped a ban for his side's slow over rate but was docked 40% of his match fee to go with 20% for his players, had few complaints over the result and admitted England's attack simply made better use of the two-paced pitch.