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Hockey

Physical test in store
PTI
Melbourne, December 07, 2012
First Published: 23:03 IST(7/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:04 IST(7/12/2012)

Injuries are India's biggest headache as they prepare to take on four-time defending champions Australia in what promises to be a draining semifinal encounter of the Champions Trophy here tomorrow.

Two Indian players will carry their injuries into the match against the Australians.

Captain Sardar Singh and midfielder Manpreet Singh have gamely carried on playing as necessitated by the call of duty despite severe limitations caused by the injuries sustained during the ongoing tournament.

They will again be out in the field as India try to stop Australia's title-winning sequence in the Champions Trophy.

Australia have a phenomenal record, winning four successive titles since losing the 2007 final to Germany.

In the hunt for their fifth successive Champions Trophy, Australia have fielded a very strong outfit and are looking to get into the big-scoring act that they have so far failed to produce in this tournament.

Australia have been content with narrow victories in earlier games, and it was their defence that played a crucial role -- conceding just two goals in four matches.

But they enjoyed good domination against England on way to the 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals.


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