BHUBANESHWAR: Australia thrashed England 8-1 to claim the bronze medal at the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup here on Sunday. Tom Craig netted a hat-trick in a victory that ensured the Kookaburras a podium finish in Bhubaneshwar after the Australians had been beaten by the Netherlands a day earlier in a semi-final shootout. Teammate Jeremy Howard grabbed a brace with Blake Glovers, Trent Mitton and Tim Brand also getting their names on the scoresheet. England veteran Barry Middleton grabbed a consolation goal when the match was already beyond doubt. The Kookaburras dominated with 58 per cent possession and led 20-12 on circle penetrations, 12-9 on shots and 5-3 on penalty corners. Australia’s fifth World Cup bronze, and first since 1994, provides some solace after they lost 4-3 in a penalty shootout with the Netherlands in the semi-finals on Sunday. Australia are next in action in the inaugural FIH Pro League on February 2 against the Netherlands in Melbourne. Published in Daily Times, December 17th2018.