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Team Australia packing the Heat
Five Perth players and two Coaches give Team Australia plenty of Heat
02/27/2018 10:32 PM ET
Luke Hughes will once again don the green and gold for Australia's tour of Japan this weekend.
Luke Hughes will once again don the green and gold for Australia's tour of Japan this weekend. (SMP IMAGES)

Team Australia has a strong Perth Heat flavour with five players and two coaches named for this weekend's two-game exhibition series against Japan.

Shortstop Robbie Glendinning and catcher Alex Hall earn first-time selections alongside veterans Luke Hughes, Tim Kennelly and Cameron Lamb in the 28-man roster.

Glendinning, a Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, and Hall, a Milwaukee Brewers farmyard both enjoyed standout Australian Baseball League seasons - guiding the Heat to a second-place finish and semi-final appearance.

Hughes, a former MLB infielder had a career year - smashing 13 home runs while Tim Kennelly hit an impressive .338.

"It means a lot when you get to put this Australian uniform on," Hughes said.

Lamb was dominant out of the bullpen - leading the league with six saves to mark a career high for the 28-year-old.

Perth Heat Chief Executive Lachlan Dale says the selections are a reward for all the hard work put in during the season.

"It's great to see new faces receiving the privilege of wearing the green and gold," Dale said.

"WA Baseball is fortunate to have such great ambassadors for our state."

Heat Assistant Coach Steve Fish will manage the side, with Andy Kyle his assistant.

"I'm extremely excited and absolutely humbled as well. To be in this position has always been a goal of mine at a national level," Fish said.

Perth pitcher Warwick Saupold was made unavailable due to his commitments with the Detroit Tigers' Spring Training team, while former Heat relievers Liam Hendriks (Oakland Athletics) and Peter Moylan (Atlanta Braves) are also unavailable.

Former Heat catcher Allan De San Miguel and pitching coach Graeme Lloyd were among those named in the touring side.

Game One will be played on March 3 in Nagoya, with Game Two to follow on March 4 in Osaka.

Both games will be televised live on Fox Sports Australia Channel 506 from 6pm WST.

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