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Bite duo excited for Japan series
Greg Mosel to make Team Australia debut
03/02/2018 7:08 AM ET
Matt Williams and Greg Mosel will tackle Japan for Team Australia.
Matt Williams and Greg Mosel will tackle Japan for Team Australia. 

It's a battle between the world no. 2 and no. 8 as Team Australia tackles Japan in Nagoya and Osaka, with Greg Mosel and Matt Williams representing the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks.

With two games in two days the series is just the start of a journey to the 2020 Olympics - in Tokyo, Japan - and with a likely World Baseball Premier 12 appearance in 2019 this is the perfect opportunity for Mosel.

The 25-year-olds national team selection was confirmed by a simple email.

"I spoke to Chris Adamson and Luke Prokopec about it [playing for Australia]a bit and the potential but I wasn't really trying to think about it," Mosel said.

"I just wanted to do what I was doing and if it happened, it happened. I then got an email from Glenn Williams to let me know I'd made the cut."

Mosel's journey through the baseball began in Darwin where he developed as a junior, before a switch to Adelaide's baseball factory at Seaton High School set him up for US college stints at Redlands and Southeast Missouri.

Throw in SABL seasons with Glenelg and Kensington, plus a campaign with Nada Split in Croatia, and Mosel's journey has truly been a unique one.

Since joining the Bite his focus has been on playing the best baseball possible, although the idea of playing for Australia has always been in the back of his mind.

"You always have a hope to make the Australian team, it's always a goal for anyone," Mosel said.

"You want to strive to be the best and the Australian team is where I aimed during the season."

From a debutant to a veteran, 31-year-old Matt Williams is looking to carry through his good form after finishing a tough ABL season on a high note.

"I started off okay then hit a bit of a rough patch in the middle," he explained.

"The last few weeks of the season I made a few adjustments and felt a lot better and hopefully that form carries into the series."

Williams believes the current Australian roster is also a true mix of generations with Mosel not the only newcomer to the side.

"We have guys that potentially haven't played a lot on Team Australia but still have experience in professional baseball," he said.

"Other young guys like Alex Hall have just signed professional contracts and it's their first time with the senior national team.

"It's going to be an exciting mix and it's good to get some of those young guys in and around the experienced players."

In the bullpen he expects most pitchers will have the chance to throw against Japan, spreading the workload.

"With these short series and the amount of pitchers on our staff I think it's going to be an opportunity that everyone gets in there for an inning or two," Williams said.

"I'll slot into whatever role is required."

Meanwhile, Mosel is focused on gaining international experience, having last pitched with the silver-winning Australian from the Under-18 World Cup in 2010.

"I know Japan is number two in the world so I'm definitely excited to see what they've got," Mosel said.

"I just want to glean some experience [from my teammates]. I've been lucky enough to play with Matt Williams for as long as I have and been able to glean a lot of information from him."

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