The World Baseball Classic is here once again, and Australia have compiled a solid team who will travel to Tokyo in search of victory. 

After a prolonged sabbatical due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s best baseball players will once again don their national team jerseys, in pursuit of being named World Champions. 

Despite missing star MLB pitcher Liam Hendriks – who is currently undergoing cancer treatment – the Australians have stacked up a deep lineup, headlined by Chicago Cub Liam Spence and LA Angel Aaron Whitefield. 

 In addition, there is a tonne of talent pulled from both the domestic league, as well as American and Canadian leagues. 

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Team Australia has put together a 30-man roster to compete in Tokyo, including 15 pitchers. 


Player Team Throws
Tim AthertonBrisbane BanditsR
Sam HollandBrisbane BanditsR
Warwick SaupoldPerth HeatR
Will SherriffPerth HeatL
Josh Guyer Sydney Blue SoxR
Liam DoolanSydney Blue SoxR
Steve Kent Melbourne AcesL
Jon Kennedy Melbourne AcesL
Blake Townsend Seattle Mariners/Melbourne AcesL
Dan McGrath Melbourne AcesL
Mitch Neunborn Quebec Capitales/Adelaide GiantsR
Luke WilkinsAdelaide GiantsR
Todd Van SteenselGastonia Honey Cutters/Adelaide GiantsR
Jack O’LoughlinDetroit Tigers/Adelaide GiantsL
Kyle Glogoski Cincinnati Reds/Auckland TuataraR


PlayerTeam Bats/Throws
Alex HallMilwaukee Brewers/Perth HeatS/R
Ryan BattagliaBrisbane BanditsR/R
Robbie PerkinsCanberra CavalryR/R


Player Team PositionBats/Throws
Jake Bowey Perth Heat 1BL/R
Darryl George Melbourne Aces1B/3BR/R
Rixon WingrovePhiladelphia Phillies/Adelaide Giants1BL/R
Robbie GlendinningKansas City Royals/Melbourne AcesINFR/R
Jarryd DaleSan Diego Padres/Melbourne AcesINFR/R
Liam Spence Chicago Cubs/Adelaide GiantsINFR/R
Logan Wade Brisbane Bandits IFS/R


Player TeamPositionBats/Throws
Aaron WhitefieldLA Angels/Melbourne AcesOFR/R
Tim Kennelly Perth HeatOFR/R
Ulrich BojarskiPerth Heat OFR/R
Andrew CampbellBrisbane BanditsOFL/R
Jordan McArdleAdelaide Giants OFL/R

Australia players to watch in World Baseball Classic

Current LA Angel and Melbourne Ace Aaron Whitefield will be one of Australia’s key pieces when they go to battle in Tokyo. 

At 25 years old, Whitefield has already compiled a significant resume including three Claxton Shields and two ABL MVPs.

He spent the majority of 2022 in Double-A, but has made the big leagues on two occasions, and will look to bring some exciting play to the Australian team. 

On the pitching side, Liam Spence will look to continue his stellar momentum with his first WBC appearance, momentum that started with him leading the SEC in hits in the 2021 NCAA season and having already made a Triple-A appearance. 

Aaron Whitefield
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Who is coaching Australia in the World Baseball Classic? 

Team Australia will be managed by Dave Nilsson, the former Milwaukee Brewer, and MLB All-Star.

This will be Nilsson’s first WBC as manager; he took over the team in 2018 following three ABL championships at the helm of the Brisbane Bandits.

Also part of the coaching staff is Houston Astros coach Michael Collins, who usually works with the Astros’ catchers, but will be Australia’s first base coach. 

“I think for anyone, any time you get to put on your country’s uniform, you get this sense of pride,” Collins told the MLB.

“Being a part of the Australian teams in the past, it’s always felt like it’s team-first, where regardless of who you are, where you’ve played, where you’ve coached, what you’ve done in the game, as soon as you put on that Australian uniform you’re in it together for that tournament.

“The team really does come first.”

Australia World Baseball Classic history 

This World Baseball Classic will be the fifth for Australia, who have not missed the tournament since its inception in 2006. 

Their best performance was a ninth-place finish in 2017, which automatically qualified the nation for the 2023 edition. 

YearResult Final Game
2006Eliminated in first round6-4 loss to the Dominican Republic
2009Eliminated in first round16-1 loss to Mexico 
2013Eliminated in first round4-1 loss to the Netherlands
2017Eliminated in first round4-3 loss to Cuba 

Australia World Baseball Classic 2023 schedule 

Australia will be playing in Pool B, alongside Japan, South Korea, China, and the Czech Republic.

They will kick off their campaign with a game against South Korea, on March 9th.

Their final game will be against the Czech Republic. 

Each of Australia’s first-round games will be played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. It needs to finish first or second to advance to the quarterfinals.

Date Game Time (ET/AEDT) Channel (U.S./AUS)
March 9Australia vs. South Korea10 p.m./2 p.m.Fox/Kayo
March 11Australia vs. China10 p.m./2 p.m.FS1/Kayo
March 12Australia vs. Japan 6 a.m./10 p.m.FS1/Kayo
March 13Australia vs. Czech Republic11 p.m./3 p.m.FS1/Kayo

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