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The United States of America come into the Women's Hockey Champions Trophy as underdogsGetty

USA take on Australia in the first group game of the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy at London on 18 June.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 12pm BST/4.30pm IST. Live coverage of the game in the UK is available on BT Sport 1. In India, live coverage is available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. It can be viewed via live stream on StarSports.

Overview

Team USA, currently ranked seventh in the world, qualified for the 2016 Women's Hockey Champions Trophy by winning the 2014 Champions Challenge in Scotland.

The team is yet to win the tournament with their best finish coming in 1995 where they won the bronze medal. They are banking on experience as they have nine players who were part of the team in the 2012 Olympics in the squad. However, they will go into each game as the underdogs.

Australia, on the other hand have won the tournament six times in the past and would have won it for a record seventh time, if not for Argentina who beat them 3-1 in the final of the 2014 edition.

The Hockeyroos have fond memories of playing USA and thrashing their opponents 3-1 the last time they met, which was in the semi-finals of the 2014 Hockey World Cup.

Team news

USA:

Goalkeepers: Lauren Blazing, Jackie Briggs

Defenders: Ali Campbell, Lauren Crandall, Stefanie Fee, Ali Froede, Julia Reinprecht

Midfielders: Rachel Dawson, Katelyn Falgowski, Melissa Gonzalez, Katie Reinprecht, Michael Vittese, Emily Wold

Forwards: Katie Bam, Casey Di Nardo, Michelle Kasold, Kelsey Kolojecjchick, Paige Selenski, Kathleen Sharkey, Loren Shealy, Jill Witmer

Australia

Goalkeepers: Rachael Lynch, Ashlee Wells

Defenders: Anna Flanaghan, Kirstin Dwyer, Jodie Kenny, Edwina Bone, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Madison Fitzpatrick

Midfielders: Casey Sablowski, Teneal Attard, Madonna Blyth, Jane Claxton

Forwards: Georgia Nanscawen, Ashleigh Nelson, Georgie Parker, Brooke Peris, Emily Smith, Kellie White, Gabrielle Nance, Kathryn Slattery, Mariah Williams, Kate Hanna, Stephanie Kershaw, Renee Taylor.