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The Black Sticks will play three games against Malaysia to polish off their preparations. The Malaysian team is on a high after recently finishing third in the Asian Games in Oman. The series shapes as a close battle between the world No12, Malaysia, and world No9 Black Sticks. Malaysia will look to get itself into a good position where Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim will seek to convert some powerful flicks against the two Black Sticks keepers, Richard Joyce and George Enersen.
Malaysia is coached by former Indian, Netherlands and Pakistan coach Roelant Oltman, who brings a vast amount of experience to the side, having won both the Hockey World Cup and Olympic gold medal in that role. The Black Sticks will be seeking to build some positive momentum from this series, so they can hit the ground running at the World Cup.
Southern’s Kane Russell returns to the national team having missed the recent Canada series as he was playing in Europe. He brings plenty of experience and an excellent drag flick. The opening match was to be played last night.
Cory Bennett, Marcus Child, George Enersen, Hugo Inglis , Stephen Jenness, Richard Joyce, Dane Lett, Shea McAleese, George Muir, Dominic Newman, Jared Panchia, Arun Panchia (vice-captain) , Hayden Phillips, Nick Ross, Kane Russell, Aidan Sarikaya, Blair Tarrant (captain), Nic Woods.