The men's national hockey team recently defeated Australia 3-1 in a Test series Down Under.

The cricket team will play a four-match Test series starting Dec 4, followed by a One-Day International tri-series also involving England.

Kumble, who took 958 international wickets, wrote on Twitter that the hockey team has shown how to win in tough overseas conditions.

The hockey team was captained by centre-half Sardar Singh.

"Will our cricket team follow suit with a test series victory after our hockey team showed the way?(2/2)," Kumble tweeted.

The Indian hockey team was thrashed 0-4 in the first game but came back strongly to win the rest of the three matches with sublime performances.

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