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Bhubaneswar, February 18, 2020
After bouncing back from two defeats against Belgium with two victories over Britain in the second edition of the FIH Pro League, the Australia hockey team arrived here on Sunday night to face India in two gruelling encounters of the competition slated to be played at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium on February 21 and 22.
The Australians are looking to utilize their two league matches against the hosts as preparation in an Olympic year.
"I think it serves us as good preparation to be facing India away from home in this important Olympic year. The Indians have also done well so far, so we're looking forward to playing them here," said Australian captain Aran Zalewski,
"We also have a week to prepare for the matches, so we're hoping we can acclimatize with the conditions and put up a strong show on the weekend," said the midfielder.
With two wins from four matches, the Australian team are currently at the fifth place in the points table with six points while the Indians, who have won three out of four matches, are currently placed third with eight points.
The defending champions' coach Colin Batch said, "We're delighted to be back here in Bhubaneswar to face the Indian team. It's been a mixed start for us in the Pro League so far, but we're hoping to face a tough fight against the hosts. Also looking forward to playing before a noisy, full crowd at the Kalinga Stadium."