Indians needs to up their game, when they face Australians, who have a very impressive record in this tournament. A win here would be Australia's fifth straight Champions Trophy. India may only have lost one match against Germany in the group fixtures, but their biggest test lies against Australia in the semi-finals scheduled for 8 December 2012. The Australian team also holds a similar record in their group fixtures with one loss and two wins.
Many feel that Indian Hockey has seen a great dip in recent times, as they have failed to win major tournaments, but this performance in the Champions Trophy against top teams of the world is only going to help the sport grow, which is very important. If India manages to win the Champions Trophy, who knows – it may well revive Indian Hockey and help in attaining greater heights, which the teams of the past were acquainted to.
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