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Australia down World in All-Star thriller
Lindsay earns victory for national team
12/16/2012 6:01 PM ET
Former big leaguer Shane Lindsay earned the All-Star win for Team Australia.
Former big leaguer Shane Lindsay earned the All-Star win for Team Australia. (SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 16 December - Team Australia have defeated the World All-Stars in the 2012 Conoco Phillips Australian Baseball League All-Star Game 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Melbourne Ballpark.

The game was the last time Team Australia will compete on home soil before they head to the World Baseball Classic in March next year.

With ten current or former Major League players on show, there were plenty of highlights, including Virgil Vasquez for the World All-Stars and Brad Harman and Justin Huber for Team Australia.

Harman was named the Most Valuable Player after going 2-4 with a home run and 4 runs batted in.

The Australian outfit were the first to get on the board and they were never headed, with the World side managing to close the margin to one run, with the home side hitting back straight away.

The World All-Stars scored two runs in the sixth to ensure the strong crowd would be treated to a tight finish, but the pitching of the Australian side proved too much.

The win will give the national side a confidence boost as they head to Taiwan early next year to take on some of the best talent in the world.

Speaking after the game, Team Australia manager John Deeble said while the result was fantastic in the build-up to the Classic, his focus spreads much wider than the premiere event.

"It's not just about the world championship next year, we're looking at moving some of these guys into the team as we have a great group of young kids and we want them to get great experience in professional baseball.

"They're going to be on the Australian team for a long time, in the end it's just a matter of when."

The Australian Baseball League regular season will resume on Thursday night with a full slate of games in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.