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Indian Men’s Hockey Team Gears Up for Thrilling Showdown Against Australia

New Delhi: Excitement is in the air as the Indian Men’s Hockey Team braces itself for an exhilarating five-match Test series against Australia, commencing on April 6th in Perth. Set against the backdrop of preparations for the Paris Olympics 2024, this series holds immense significance for both teams, promising a riveting display of skill and determination.

Fresh from their commanding performances in the FIH Pro League 2023-24, where they showcased dominance in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, the Indian squad, under the leadership of Harmanpreet Singh, enters the series with a formidable reputation. Having secured victory in three out of four matches in Bhubaneswar and maintaining an unbeaten streak in Rourkela, the team aims to maintain its momentum against Australia.

Chief Coach Craig Fulton emphasizes the importance of this tour, stating, “This series serves as a litmus test for our team’s preparedness ahead of the Paris Olympics. Our focus will be on executing our game plan effectively and adapting to the challenges posed by the Australian side.”

Captain Harmanpreet Singh echoes this sentiment, expressing confidence in the team’s abilities and determination to perform well. “We are geared up for the challenge that lies ahead. Every match is an opportunity for us to showcase our skills and make our nation proud,” he asserts.

With both India and Australia drawn in the same group for the Paris Olympics, the series holds added significance as a platform to gauge each other’s strengths and weaknesses before the ultimate showdown.

Moreover, the Indian team eyes an opportunity to end a decade-long drought in Test series wins against Australia. Notably, India clinched the last Test series against Australia on their soil back in 2014.

In head-to-head encounters since 2013, India and Australia have clashed 43 times, with Australia emerging victorious 28 times, India winning 8 games, and 7 matches ending in a draw.

Ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the current World Rankings, both teams are poised for a fierce battle, promising hockey enthusiasts an enthralling spectacle over the course of the series.

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