NEW DELHI (AFP) European champions England beat Pakistan 5-2 for their third successive win in Group B, with Jonty Clarke and captain Barry Middleton scoring two goals apiece in the Hockey World Cup in India on Thursday. England led Pakistan 2-0 at half-time, but Pakistan hit back after the resumption to draw level with goals from Shakeel Abbasi and Rehan Butt. Coach Jason Lees men, who saw their defensive spearhead Richard Mantell injured in the second half, kept their cool to turn the tables on Pakistan. Middleton put his side 3-2 ahead in the 53rd minute, before Clarke and Middleton scored twice in three minutes to put the game out of Pakistans reach. Pakistans second loss they also lost 1-4 to India left them on three points and needing big wins against South Africa and Australia to stay in contention for the semi-finals. Title favourites Australia swept aside South Africa 12-0 on Thursday to record the biggest victory in the history of the hockey World Cup. Australias penalty corner ace Luke Doerner slammed four goals, Jamie Dwyer three and Glenn Turner two as the Kookaburras gave the South Africans a hockey lesson in their first Cup meeting. Desmond Abbott, Fergus Kavanagh and Matthew Butturini were the other scorers in a spectacular goal spree at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in the Indian capital. Australia, who led 5-0 at half-time, surpassed Pakistans 12-3 romp over New Zealand in the 1982 edition in Mumbai, which was the previous highest victory margin in the World Cup. I did not know it was a record, but it is not everyday that we score 12 goals in a match, said Australian coach Ric Charlesworth. This will help us in future games. I liked the way we played throughout the match. We were relentless. We attacked the opponents in a very good manner. I am also very pleased with our penalty corner conversions. Australia, who lost their opening match against England, bounced back in style to defeat hosts India 5-2 and now have six points, three behind group leaders England. India and Spain, with three points each, clash in the evenings last match. South Africa have lost all three matches so far, scoring six goals and conceding 22.