Australia’s national baseball team was the 10th ranked team in the world, and later jumped up another spot to 9th after the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The Australian Baseball Federation governs the national team, which is represented in the Baseball Confederation of Oceania.
Australia have competed in numerous regional as well as international tournaments regularly including the Asian Baseball Championship, the Summer Olympics, World Baseball Classic and the Baseball World Cup.
Ranked 5th in Olympic baseball competition, Australia competed in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004, however failed to qualify for 2008. Australia is only one among 6 nations playing baseball at the Olympics to have won a medal- silver at the 2004 Olympics.
World Baseball Classic
In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Australia failed to qualify for the second round, as they finished last in their group, while in 2009, having beaten Mexico in the opening game Australia lost 2 consecutive next games to Cuba and Mexico ultimately facing elimination.
Baseball World Cup
Australia have been participating in the Baseball World Cup since 1938, when it was called the Amateur World Series. Having participated in 8 of the tournaments, Australia’s best result to date was in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, where Australia came sixth.
Australia will also participate in the 2009 Baseball World Cup to be held in September.
The team includes prominent players like- Brendan Wise, Daniel Berg, Mitch Dening, Adam Blackley, Tom Brice, Brad Dutton, Matthew Kennelly and Ryan Rote.