Australia have booked their Champions Trophy men's hockey semi-final place with a minimum of fuss, seeing off England 2-0 to keep alive their hopes of a fifth successive title.
The Kookaburras will play India in their semi-final on Saturday after goals from Jamie Dwyer and Chris Ciriello proved enough to win their quarter-final at Melbourne's State Hockey Centre.
After a muddling tournament for the team so far, the Kookaburras' experienced stars Dwyer and Mark Knowles stepped up for the knockout stage, and their teammates followed in a diligent, workmanlike performance.
Dwyer's 17th minute goal after Jason Wilson robbed an English defender in the circle gave the host nation some early momentum.
Goalkeeper Andrew Charter was also important, with two good first half stops - the best from a Mark Gleghorne drag flick.
The Kookaburras had much of the play with England unable to get much going.
That was in large part due to Australia's ability to break down every attack - Knowles particularly proving a colossus in the middle of the ground.
The Kookaburras put the match beyond doubt 18 minutes into the second half, when Ciriello launched a drag flick for the second goal.
Earlier, India continued their excellent tournament by beating Belgium 1-0 in a tense quarter-final to book their showdown with the Kookaburras.
Pakistan pulled off a surprise by eliminating Olympic champions Germany 2-1 in their quarter-final.
They will play The Netherlands in the other semi-final after the Dutch dispatched New Zealand 2-0.
Defensively Australia are shining, not conceding a goal in their past three matches.
Dwyer felt the performance showed the Kookaburras were building through the tournament nicely, and believes it is positive Australia have not yet peaked but are still winning matches.
"The first three games in this tournament don't mean anything," Dwyer said of the new format in which all eight teams make the quarter-finals, with only their crossover pool opponents determined by the group standings.
"Maybe we've learnt from the Germans (who beat them at the Olympics) we don't need to peak too early. You always need to have a little bit of a struggle during the tournament.
"I've always said it's nice to play bad and still win. Because when we play good, look out."
Dwyer is excited about the challenge of playing India, who have won three of their four matches at the tournament and impressed with skilful hockey backed with a rugged edge
Only Olympic champions Germany, who are now out of medal contention, have beaten India so far.
India is enjoying a hockey resurgence after failing at the Olympics, and the promise of a new IPL-style hockey league slated for early next year.
"They're playing pretty good hockey. They've got a bit of a belief about their game at the moment," Dwyer said.