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Australia makes an impeccable winning record (12/4/2018)
--Errol D’Cruz
Australia equaled a World Cup record with victory (3-0) over England in the World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. It brought the World No. 1 defending champions their 15th win in a row in the competition, starting with a 5-2 victory over India at the 2010 New Delhi World Cup and continuing the streak into the next edition in The Hague, the Netherlands four years later.

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The Aussies are now level with Pakistan who, after losing the 1975 final 1-2 to India in Kuala Lumpur, registered 15 successive victories – eight at the 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires followed by seven more in Mumbai four years later.

Pakistan, however, lost their opener in 1986 to Argentina 1-3.

Curiously, the last match Australia failed to win at the World Cup was against England – a 2-3 defeat in the opener in New Delhi. They now play China and, barring a result of epic proportions, should have the record for their very own.

Its already a record for the World Cups held on synthetic surface

THE WINNING STREAKS:
PAKISTAN: 1978 WC: bt Ireland 9-0, bt Italy 7-0, bt Netherlands 3-1, bt Malaysia 3-0, bt Spain 2-1, bt Argentina 7-0. Semifinals: bt Germany 1-0 (aet); final: bt Netherlands 3-2.

1982 WC: bt Argentina 6-1, bt Spain 4-1, bt New Zealand 12-3, bt Germany 5-3, bt Poland 4-1. Semifinals: bt Netherlands 4-2. Final: bt Germany 3-1.

AUSTRALIA: 2010 WC: bt India 5-2, bt South Africa 12-0, bt Spain 2-0, bt Pakistan 2-1. Semis: bt Netherlands 2-1. Final: bt Germany 2-1.

2014 WC: bt Malaysia 4-0, bt Spain 3-0, bt India 4-0, bt Belgium 3-1, bt England 5-0. Semis: bt Argentina 5-1, final: bt Netherlands 6-1.

COMPLETE RECORD OF AUSTRALIA AT WORLD CUP
(from www.stick2hockey.com archive)

1971
1 Pakistan       2 -- 5
2 Japan           1 -- 1
3 Netherlands   0 -- 1
4 Spain           1 -- 0
5 Germany     0 -- 1
6 France         0 -- 1

1975 --
7 Ghana         9 -- 0
8 England         1 -- 3
9 India         1 -- 1
10 Germany         2 -- 2
11 Argentina         3 -- 0
12 New Zealand     5 -- 0
13 England         3 -- 1

1978 --
14 England         2 -- 0
15 India         0 -- 2
16 Belgium         5 -- 2
17 Poland         4 -- 1
18 Canada         4 -- 0
19 Germany         3 -- 2
20 Netherlands     1 -- 3
21 Germany       4 -- 3

1981 --
22 USSR         3 -- 2
23 Malaysia         3 -- 0
24 England         2 -- 0
25 Netherlands         3 -- 2
26 India         2 -- 1
27 Germany         3 -- 3
28 Netherlands     4 -- 2

1986 --
29 Canada         6 -- 2
30 Germany         2 -- 2
31 Spain         6 -- 0
32 India         6 -- 0
33 Poland         4 -- 2
34 USSR         5 -- 0
35 England         2 -- 1

1990 --
36 Argentina     4 -- 1
37 France         3 -- 1
38 USSR         3 -- 0
39 India         3 -- 2
40 Netherlands     1 -- 0
41 Pakistan         1 -- 2
42 Germany         2 -- 1

1994 --
43 Belarus         2 -- 0
44 Argentina       2 -- 1
45 Pakistan         1 -- 2
46 Spain         2 -- 1
47 England         2 -- 0
48 Netherlands     1 -- 3
49 Germany         5 -- 2

1998 --
50 Poland         8 -- 0
51 Spain         2 -- 2
52 England         3 -- 0
53 Malaysia         8 -- 0
54 Pakistan         3 -- 1
55 Netherlands     2 -- 6
56 Germany         0 -- 1

2002 --
57 Malaysia         3 -- 0
58 Poland         5 -- 1
59 Cuba         6 -- 0
60 Japan         5 -- 0
61 England         1 -- 0
62 South Korea     4 -- 2
63 India         4 -- 3
64 Netherlands     4 -- 1
65 Germany         1 -- 2

2006 --
66 Spain         1 -- 3
67 Argentina       4 -- 0
68 Japan       3 -- 1
69 New Zealand     7 -- 1
70 Pakistan       3 -- 0
71 South Korea     4 -- 2
72 Germany         3 -- 4

2010 --
73 England         2 -- 3
74 India         5 -- 2
75 South Africa     12 -- 0
76 Spain         2 -- 0
77 Pakistan         2 -- 1
78 Netherlands     2 -- 1
79 Germany         2 -- 1

2014 --
80 Malaysia         4 -- 0
81 Spain         3 -- 0
82 Belgium         3 -- 1
83 England         5 -- 0
84 India         4 -- 0
85 Argentina       5 -- 1
86 Netherlands     6 -- 1

2018 --
87 Ireland         2 -- 1
88 England         3 -- 0
       280 -- 104

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