Skipper Harmanpreet Singh struck a brace of goals but India ended their five-match test tour of Australia with a heart-breaking 4-5 defeat despite a fighting display in the fifth and final match here on Sunday.
India thus lost the series 1-4 to the hosts. The five-match series, a crucial one in preparation for the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, to be held in January, helped the Indians not only register their first victory against Australia in six years but also found themselves scoring four goals each in four of the five games. Australia who led 3-1 at halftime got their goals through Tom Wickham (5’, 17’), Aran Zalewski (30’), Jacob Andersen (40’), and Jake Whetton (54’). India’s goals were scored by skipper Harmanpreet Singh (24’, 60’), Amit Rohidas(34’) and Sukhjeet Singh (55’).