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Monday 06 May 2019 04.01 PM

Playing Australia will boost our confidence, says Manpreet

Manpreet sing, hockey

Bengaluru : Playing against a world class team like Australia will provide good exposure to youngsters and will boost the confidence of the team ahead of next month's FIH men's Hockey Series Final, feels India captain Manpreet Singh. The India team travel Down Under for five matches starting Wednesday. The tour, marked as a preparation for next month's Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar, will be newly-appointed chief coach Graham Reid's maiden assignment with the team.

The men's side will play two matches each against the Australian national team and Australia A and a lone game against the Western Australia Thundersticks club. "Playing a world class team like Australia ahead of the important Series in June will only help build our confidence. We had a good tournament in Malaysia in March and some of the youngsters did well there," Manpreet said.

"While Jaskaran Singh will make his international debut, it will be Gursahibjit's second tournament with the Indian team and Armaan Qureshi is also returning to the team after a long gap. I am confident these players will live up to the expectations. It will be good exposure for them against the world no.2 side," he added.The team boasts of an interesting mix of experienced players and newcomers. PTI

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