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Aust baseballers to face world No.1 Japan

  • Aust baseballers to face world No.1 Japan

    The Australian baseball team will take on world No.1 Japan at the World Baseball classic in 2017.

Australia have welcomed being drawn in a tough Asian regional pool with hosts and world No.1 Japan for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

World No.13 Australia will play Japan, No.5 Cuba and 18th-ranked in March at the Tokyo Dome.

"I'm really excited we're in this pool," said Australian team manager Jon Deeble.

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"It will give us a chance to go up against some of the best teams in the world in Japan and Cuba."

Australia needs to finish either first or second in their pool to advance to the second round which will also be held in the Tokyo Dome.

The Australian side will look for an improved performance at the WBC after getting some match practice at Honkbalweek in the Netherlands last month.

"Honkbalweek was very important as it gave us a chance to see the guys who aren't in pro ball, as well as seeing who possibly could help us in the WBC," Deeble said.

"It also allowed us to get some of our experienced guys like Luke Hughes, Trent Oeltjen and David Kandilas some at-bats against quality opposition in the off season."

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