The Indians, who are currently in fifth place, will face the world’s number one Australians in five games between November 26 and December 4 at the MATE Stadium in Adelaide.
The second, third and fourth matches will be played on November 27, November 30 and December 3.
It will be the first time the two sides have met since the Kookaburras defeated India for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August.
The five-match ‘Test Series’ will be invaluable to both teams as they prepare for the 2023 Men’s World Cup to be held in Odisha next January.
The Indian women’s team will also play against the Australian women in a series of matches in May next year, the dates of which are yet to be confirmed.
A senior national Indian hockey team has not played in Australia since the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
“From the moment we had the prospect of hosting these matches in Adelaide, the South Australian Government has shown tremendous enthusiasm and eagerness to host, so we are delighted to be bringing these series to South Australia,” said Hockey Australia CEO David Pryles in a statement.
“Australia and India have recently developed a fierce rivalry on the hockey field. Coupled with the large and passionate Indian population in Adelaide, there is no doubt that this series will be a hot ticket to capture and attract great crowds, he added.
Highly decorated Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden will make his 400th international appearance in the series. The 35-year-old is currently on 398 games.
The Indian men’s team is currently coached by Australian and former Kookaburra Graham Reid. They arrive in Australia after playing back-to-back double-headers against Spain and New Zealand in the FIH Hockey Pro League season 2022-2023 in Bhubaneswar.
“This is a great opportunity for both the Indian men’s and women’s teams as these matches will serve as an ideal prep venue for major events such as the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023 and the Asian Games next year,” new- chosen Hockey India That’s what President Dilip Tirkey said.
“Playing against a world-class team like Australia will be beneficial for both our men’s and women’s hockey teams. I wish them all the best and thank Hockey Australia for organizing these test matches,” Tirkey said in Hockey Australia’s statement.