Title defenders Australia started their hockey World Cup campaign in The Hague with a 4-0 win over Malaysia in the opening match on Saturday.

Glenn Turner put the Kookaburras ahead in the 25th minute before three goals in a four-minute spell in the second.

Eddie Ockenden doubled the lead on 50 minutes and Jamie Dwyer put his name on the score sheet a couple of minutes later. Turner added his second goal when converting a penalty corner to extend the lead to 4-0.

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