Sharp’s Kookaburras make steady start in India | Photos, videos

Lithgow’s Lachlan Sharp and his Kookaburras have made a steady start to the Hockey World League Final, drawing their opening two games against India and Germany.

Sharp made his senior international debut in the opener against the hosts India on Friday night.

The score was locked at 1-1 at the end of the clash between the world number two Kookaburras and their sixth ranked opponents.

Check out the highlights in the video below.

Australia fell behind in the 20th minute courtesy of a goal to Mandeep Singh before Jeremy Hayward equalised with a trademark drag flick from a penalty corner barely a minute later.

They faced fifth ranked Germany in their second game and despite taking the lead in the final quarter, the clash finished 2-2.

Australia trailed 1-0 at the main break but claimed the lead in the final quarter after goals from Blake Govers (39’) and Aaron Kleinschmidt (49’).

However Germany who opened the scoring in the seventh minute through Marco Miltkau, equalised from a 58th minute penalty corner through captain Martin Haner to deny Australia.

Sharp was again heavily involved in the action as he played his role as an attacking midfielder.

Australia’s Jake Whetton took out the Man of the Match honours however Sharp was the people’s choice to claim the award on Twitter with 28 per cent of the vote.

Australia can still top their pool with win in their final group game against England (seventh) from 11pm AEDT on Monday night.

If the Kookaburras progress to the finals possible opponents await including top ranked Argentina, Belgium (third), and Netherlands (fourth).

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