After winning the five test series in New Zealand, Pakistan hockey team has arrived in Australia for a 4 test series on Saturday.

In New Zealand, the 14th ranked Pakistan came from behind to win the series 2-1, with two matches ending in a draw.

The hosts stand 8th in the FIH rankings, said the information available to APP here.

First three tests were live streamed and the gradual improvement was there to be seen.

After losing the first test 3-4, Pakistan drew the next 2-2 and then outclassed the opponents 4-2 in the third. The green shirts went ahead in the series with a 2-1 win in the fourth test and managed to hold the black sticks 1-1 in the last test.

Pakistan is without some senior players in this tour including Fareed (Pakistan’s captain in their last international appearance at the Asian Champions Trophy), Rizwan Sr, Rashid, Mohammad Irfan Sr (another former national captain) and Tauseeq.

Four players wore the senior national shirts for the first time: Abubakr Mahmood, Atif Mushtaq, Tazeemul Hassan and Umair Sarfraz.

Abubakr in his very first outing converted a penalty corner in the second test. The next test proved to be the turning point in the series and Abubakr was Pakistan’s hero with a hat-trick off penalty corner goals.

Skipper Haseem Khan distinguished himself with a number of crucial goals especially in the latter part of the series. Goal Keeper Amjad also performed outstandingly. It was a wonderful team performance throughout.

All the four tests in Australia are scheduled to be played at Marrara Hockey Centre in Darwin on March 28, 29, 31 and April 1.