'Australia were much superior'

“They played faster than we are used to, much faster than we are used to,” Brasa said. “Our players played very well but Australia were much superior,” he said.

 “It was our first match at such a pace. We are getting better as a team and as we get more opportunity to play at top speed, our players will play better. Today, they fought hard, fought till the last second of the game,” said the Spaniard.

Brasa felt the video referral system need to be fine-tuned. “Late in the game, when we were attacking nicely, Australia called for a video referral which, however, went against them. But they succeeded in breaking our attack which could have fetched us a goal. In such a case, the umpire should wait for the game to stop before calling for the referral,” he said.

Brasa said India were also affected by the absence of Shivender Singh, who has been suspended for two matches. “We were one player short and the weariness was evident in the last part of the game,” he said.

Australian coach Ric Charlesworth though pleased with the win, was upset with his players for their mistakes in the latter part of the first half. “I was angry about the errors nearing half-time but after the break, we improved,” he said.

 Charlesworth said while India had the quality, the challenge was to be consistent. “I know they have the quality. That is why I came here. I knew with an organised structure, India would do well,” he said while advocating more matches between Australia and India.

 “I have been in charge of Australia for 14 months. During this period, we haven’t played a single time. I feel for the good of the game, we should play more matches.”

 The Aussie said his team also had problems with the pitch, especially when it came to penalty corners. “The ball wobbles, and that makes it difficult for the players,” he said.

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