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Australia see off England for 10th Sultan Azlan Shah title

IANS  |  Ipoh (Malaysia) 

regained the title after overcoming England 2-1 in the final, while claimed the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over hosts here on Saturday.

took the lead in the 38th minute when fired home from a penalty corner.

Youngster doubled Australia's lead in the 53rd minute, scrambling the ball home from close range after Mark Knowles' initial drag-flick effort was saved.

England ensured the game went down to the wire, when shot past in the 54th minute but held on to claim their 10th title of this biennial tournament.

"It was a very cautious first half. We got an edge in front of England. They kept on coming and we held on in the end," Australia was quoted as saying by his federation's website.

Australia won the circles entries count 16-10 along with the shots count seven to four, but the decisive factor was the Kookas' conversion from penalty corners taking two from three.

Australia finished the tournament, which included opponents England, and India, with six wins from six games.

Batch added: "It's not often a team goes through in that capacity because of the quality of the tournament. We're very pleased with that. It was a typical final, very tough, we're pleased with the win."

In the bronze medal play-off, fell short of a superlative comeback victory as they came from two-goal down to lose 2-3.

Juan Martín López (1st) and (11th) gave the 2016 Olympic champions 2-0 lead. Peillat ended as the tournament's highest scorer with eight strikes.

But Malaysia pulled level, thanks to goals from (34th) (27th). However, the hosts couldn't force another equaliser after conceding the goal to in the 49th minute.

Asian champions finished an disappointing fifth after beating 4-1.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 20:40 IST