Indian Men’s Hockey Team Prepares for Intense Test Series Against Australia: A Preview

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Set to Face Australia in Five-Match Test Series

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) – The Indian men’s hockey team is gearing up for an exciting showdown against Australia in a five-match Test series, starting from Saturday in Perth. With matches scheduled on April 6, 7, 10, 12, and 13, fans can expect a display of talent and determination.

Fresh from their strong performances in the FIH Pro League 2023-24, the Indian squad, led by Harmanpreet Singh, enters the series with a formidable reputation after winning three out of four matches in Bhubaneswar and maintaining an unbeaten streak in Rourkela.

Chief Coach Craig Fulton emphasized the importance of this tour, stating, “This series serves as a litmus test for our team’s preparedness ahead of the Paris Olympics.” Captain Harmanpreet Singh expressed confidence in the team’s abilities and preparations, aiming to perform well and learn as a unit for the Paris Olympics.

With both India and Australia in Group B for the Paris Olympics, the Test series will be crucial in helping the teams assess each other’s strengths and weaknesses before the main event. India is looking to end a decade-long drought in Test series wins against Australia.

In their head-to-head encounters since 2013, India and Australia have faced off 43 times, with Australia winning 28 matches and India winning 8. As both teams are ranked fourth and fifth in the current World Rankings, a thrilling battle between them is expected.

The opening match of the Test series between India and Australia will take place on April 6 in Perth. Fans are in for an exciting series as both teams prepare to showcase their best on the field.



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