Australia
Australia
Baseball first arrived in Australia in the 1850s with American gold miners who played while not working. The first official baseball game was played in 1878 between Surry Baseball Club and the New South Wales Cricket Association. Since that time, multiple tours by MLB teams have helped to promote the game throughout Australia.

In 2004, the Australian national team continued to promote the game's growth by winning a Silver Medal at the Olympics. The "Southern Thunder" has competed in each World Baseball Classic tournament, with an overall record of 1-8.

In 2014, Sydney hosted MLB's season-opening series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2016, a World Baseball Classic Qualifier was held in Western Sydney resulting in Team Australia's 12 -5 win over South Africa and their qualification for the 2017 Tournament. A total of 31 Australian players have played in the Major Leagues.

In the 2017 Classic, Australia enjoyed an 11-0 win over China in its second game, but losses to Japan and Cuba doomed their chances.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome
Gm 3 aus
4
1
F
Wed, Mar 8
5:00 AM EST
Wed, Mar 8
7:00 PM JST
Gm 4 chn
11
0
F
Thu, Mar 9
5:00 AM EST
Thu, Mar 9
7:00 PM JST
Gm 5 cub
3
4
F
Thu, Mar 9
10:00 PM EST
Fri, Mar 10
12:00 PM JST
2016 Qualifiers
Qualifier 1: Sydney Blacktown International Sportspark
Gm 2 aus
1
11
F/7
Thu, Feb 11
3:30 AM EST
Thu, Feb 11
7:30 PM AEST
Gm 4 aus
1
4
F
Fri, Feb 12
3:30 AM EST
Fri, Feb 12
7:30 PM AEST
Gm 6 aus
5
12
F
Sat, Feb 13
10:00 PM EST
Sun, Feb 14
2:00 PM AEST

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome

Japan (3-0) and Cuba (2-1) have advanced to Pool E: Tokyo

Rank Team W L
1 Japan jpn 3 0
2 Cuba cub 2 1
3 Australia aus 1 2
4 China chn 0 3

HEADLINES

Oi, Oi, Oi! Australia can't come up with big hit

Getting runners on base against Cuba in a Pool B elimination game of the World Baseball Classic wasn't a problem for Australia. But getting them home was, as Cuba held on for a 4-3 win while Australia stranded 15 on base.



Despaigne's grand slam helps Cuba advance

Alfredo Despaigne hit a grand slam and Cuba held on to advance as the second team from Pool B to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Australia, which got a home run from Trent Oeltjen, stranded 15 on base.



VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
37 Tim Atherton R-R 6'2" 209lbs. 11/07/1989
49 Tom Bailey R-R 6'3" 189lbs. 08/15/1992
54 Travis Blackley L-L 6'3" 205lbs. 11/04/1982
31 Liam Hendriks* R-R 6'0" 225lbs. 02/10/1989
50 Jon Kennedy L-L 6'5" 215lbs. 09/20/1994
25 Steven Kent L-L 6'0" 200lbs. 05/08/1989
47 Peter Moylan R-R 6'3" 220lbs. 12/02/1978
18 Ryan Rowland-Smith L-L 6'3" 250lbs. 01/26/1983
38 Dushan Ruzic R-R 6'6" 246lbs. 01/05/1982
30 Warwick Saupold* R-R 6'2" 223lbs. 01/16/1990
44 Ryan Searle R-R 6'0" 250lbs. 06/22/1989
13 Josh Tols L-L 5'7" 185lbs. 10/06/1989
21 Todd Van Steensel R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 01/14/1991
68 Lachlan Wells L-L 6'1" 185lbs. 02/27/1997
19 Matt Williams R-R 6'1" 180lbs. 02/28/1987
Catchers
6 Trent D'Antonio L-R 5'9" 180lbs. 08/14/1985
11 Allan de San Miguel R-R 5'9" 205lbs. 02/01/1988
9 Robbie Perkins R-R 6'2" 198lbs. 05/29/1994
Infielders
5 James Beresford L-R 6'1" 170lbs. 01/19/1989
12 Brad Harman R-R 6'1" 205lbs. 11/19/1985
16 Luke Hughes R-R 5'11" 205lbs. 08/02/1984
23 Tim Kennelly R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 12/05/1986
15 Mitch Nilsson S-R 5'11" 165lbs. 05/24/1991
4 Logan Wade S-R 6'1" 190lbs. 11/13/1991
22 Stefan Welch L-R 6'3" 190lbs. 08/12/1988
Outfielders
17 Mitchell Dening L-R 6'1" 209lbs. 08/17/1988
29 David Kandilas R-R 6'2" 195lbs. 09/14/1990
10 Trent Oeltjen L-L 6'1" 205lbs. 02/28/1983
48 Aaron Whitefield R-R 6'4" 200lbs. 09/02/1996
Designated Pitcher Pool
36 Justin Erasmus R-R 5'10" 175lbs. 01/22/1990
40 Josh Guyer R-R 6'2" 185lbs. 05/27/1994
46 Sam Holland R-R 6'4" 200lbs. 02/20/1994
52 Daniel McGrath R-L 6'3" 205lbs. 07/07/1994
35 Chris Oxspring L-R 6'1" 195lbs. 05/13/1977
59 Sam Street R-R 6'3" 215lbs. 03/18/1992
56 Alex Wells L-L 6'1" 190lbs. 02/27/1997
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
Jon Deeble Manager
Michael Collins Coach
Phil Dale Coach
Andrew Graham Coach
Tony Harris Coach
Kevin Jordan Coach
Graeme Lloyd Coach
Craig Shipley Coach

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