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Indian men’s hockey team faces Australia test ahead of World Cup

The Indian males’s hockey crew will get one other probability to reassess its energy and weak point forward of the World Cup when it squares off in opposition to world primary Australia in a five-match collection, beginning right here on Saturday.

It has all the time been a herculean job for India to problem the may of the Australians, who’re dominant power in World hockey.

It would be the first time they meet since Australia thrashed India 7-0 within the CWG ultimate in Birmingham.

World No.5 India will clearly begin as underdogs in opposition to the Kookaburras although Graham Reid’s crew has been a power to reckon with since profitable a historic bonze within the Tokyo Olympics final yr.

India are coming into the match after two victories in opposition to New Zealand and combined outcomes (1W, 1L) in opposition to Spain in Bhubaneswar within the recent FIH Pro League season.

Both Spain and New Zealand are lower-ranked sides — at eighth and ninth respectively — and going through Australia at house will probably be an altogether completely different proposition for the Indian aspect.

Talking in regards to the collection, India head coach Reid mentioned, “There is no better place to come than Australia for preparation for the World Cup.

“Australia’s method of play may be very grounded in India. What’s nice about this collection is that each groups get to be taught in regards to the completely different abilities that each deliver to the desk,” said the Australian during the pre-match press conference here on Friday.

With the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar-Rourkela less than 50 days away, captain Harmanpreet Singh said each match against Australia will prove vital in their preparations for the marquee event at home.

“This collection is basically necessary for us. When you’re getting ready for a mega occasion just like the World Cup, it is all the time good to play in opposition to the most effective within the lead up,” mentioned the ace drag-flicker.

The FIH Player of the Year can be hoping that his crew will get sufficient help from the Indians residing in Australia.

“It is nice to be in Australia after so a few years hole. Due to Covid we could not journey right here, there are a lot of passionate Indian hockey followers right here and we all the time love taking part in in entrance of them. I’m trying ahead to good matches right here.” Seasoned Australia head coach Colin Batch said, “This collection is basically necessary for us coming as much as the World Cup in January. It’s nice that India are right here. We love taking part in in opposition to them and this will probably be nice competitors for us.

“India is a very sturdy crew and these would be the solely matches we’ll play earlier than the World Cup. We really feel like we are able to take some sturdy steps in our preparation for the World Cup.” The Australian squad will be led by co-captains Aran Zalewski and Eddie Ockenden, who is set to play his 400th international in the second match on Sunday.

Seven players — James Collins, Tom Craig, Dylan Martin, Ben Rennie, Lachlan Sharp, Jack Welch and Ky Willott — have been added to the squad that won the Kookaburras’ seventh straight Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham.

Goalkeeper Andrew Charter will be unavailable for the first two matches because of his marriage.

The full Kookaburras squad has not been together since the Commonwealth Games.

The different 4 matches may also be performed right here on November 27, 30, December 3 and 4.

The squads (from):

India: Harmanpreet Singh (c), Amit Rohidas (v/c), Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Jugraj Singh, Mandeep Mor, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Varun Kumar, Sumit, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Rajkumar Pal, Mohd Raheel Mouseen, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Abhishek, Dilpreet Singh, Sukhjeet Singh.

Australia: Jacob Anderson, Daniel Beale, Josh Beltz, Andrew Charter, James Collins, Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Johan Durst, Nathan Ephraums, Blake Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Dylan Martin, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Ben Rennie, Lachlan Sharp, Jack Welch, Jake Whetton, Tom Wickham, Ky Willott, Aran Zalewski.

Match Starts: at 11am

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