India suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of world champion Australia to start its campaign on a losing note at the four-nation hockey Test event for the upcoming London Olympics here on Wednesday.

If not for a brilliant P.R. Sreejesh, the margin of defeat could have been higher as the Indian custodian made as many as six saves under the goal.

Australia surged ahead in the 23rd minute through a field goal from Ford.

Australia went into the breather with a 1-0 lead.

After the change of ends, it took Australia just seven minutes to double the scoreline when Ghodes scored through another field goal.

The Australians took the game away from the reach of India when Luke Doerner scored from a penalty stroke to make the scoreline 3-0.

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