Bhubaneswar, Dec 4: Despite England dominated the three quarters, defending champion Australia bounced back in the third quarter to win over England by 3-0 to notch their back to back wins in the Pool B league match of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup at Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday.
England attack in final 25 metres had been excellent which was resulted in two good chances, Jack Waller's pass to Phiul Ropper was intercepted by Matthew Swann throwing himself to cut out the danger. Nothing more was happened in the first quarter.
World no 1 Australia won back to back penalty corners, but England goalkeeper Goerge Pinner made three brilliant save by diving low to his right side and throw the ball out.
The intensity had gone up in the second quarter with both teams came close to scoring on different occasions but thanks to England goalkeeper Pinner and Australia goalkeeper Tyler Lovell they avoided the scoring chance and the score board remain 0-0 in the first half.
Again in the 35th minute Australia awarded with a PC but failed to open their account.
A superb run on the right wing by Tom Craig saw Jake Whetton in the centre, who finally broke the deadlock in the 47th minute by putting the ball at the left corner of the England post to give Australia a 1-0 lead.
Just after three minutes, Australia double the lead through a fantastic reverse hit by Black Govers with his back towards the goal post.
All the way the final quarter was dominated by Australia and in the 56th minute Corey Weyer nailed the third goal for Australia. (UNI)