KARACHI (Agencies) - After finishing third in an innovative nine-a-side hockey event in Perth last week, Pakistan is now hoping to finally conquer host Australia in their opening match of a triangular tournament that started Wednesday. Pakistan, which is making efforts to raise a strong team for next years Olympic Games, will meet the home team on Thursday fully aware that to overcome the Aussies it will need all the firepower and a bit of luck. Australia, the reigning Olympic champion, is easily one of the best teams in world hockey something that it proved again last week by comfortably winning a four-nation event in Perth that also involved New Zealand and India. Australia is the best team in the world at the moment, said Khawaja Junaid, Pakistans manager, in an interview with Arab News on Wednesday. They are an aggressive team with a lot of match-winners which is why a match against them is always a really tough one, added Junaid, a former Olympian. In addition to that they have great crowd support at home. Everything favours them including the playing conditions. But Junaid was quick to add that his charges will be eyeing an upset win when they take the field against the Aussies on Thursday. We will go all out for a win against them, said Junaid. In the last few months, we have played and lost a couple of very close matches against Australia and I believe that if we give our best we can turn the tables on them. Pakistan fell to Australia in extra-time at this years Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh (Malaysia). Last week, they were beaten by Australia by an odd goal in a match of the inaugural nine a-side Super League in Perth. Australia went on to win the title while Pakistan finished third just ahead of India. Pakistan have shown improvement in several departments of the game in recent times but its tendency to squander goal-scoring chances continues especially against top teams like Australia. Junaid said that Pakistan will enhance its chances of beating Australia if it is able to curb this weakness.