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Whitefield & Adamson called-up by Team Australia
10/07/2019 10:17 PM ET
Aaron Whitefield in action during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Sydney.
Aaron Whitefield in action during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Sydney. (SMP Images)

Adelaide's Aaron Whitefield has been named in Australia's 28-man roster for November's Premier12 tournament in South Korea, where he could help secure a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Giants manager Chris Adamson has also received a call-up as an assistant coach to David Nilsson.

Adamson said he was excited by the opportunities on offer for Team Australia.

"One of my reasons for coaching was the potential to represent my country in any capacity because it's something that is truly special, it's one of the biggest honours," Adamson said.

"If we can qualify for the Olympics that will be huge, not just for the team but the sport of baseball in Australia.

"We're all excited to have that opportunity."

Australia would qualify as just one of six nations at the Olympics if it finishes ahead of South Korea and Taiwan at Premier12.

READ MORE: Team Australia roster announced for Premier12

As the only current Giant, 23-year-old Whitefield will fly the flag for his teammates.

He debuted for Team Australia in 2017 and the call-up is a chance to shine for the Minnesota Twins prospect, according to Adamson.

"Any time a player competes on the international stage is such valuable experience," he said.

"Aaron is a proven competitor and one of the most well-rounded players in Australia.

"He'll certainly act as inspiration to our young team, who can learn off him, and moving forward I certainly believe Aaron's just one of a few who will get the opportunity to play for Australia."

Australia opens its campaign against defending champions and Group C hosts South Korea on November 6, with games against Cuba and Canada to follow.

Former Adelaide players, and South Australians, Josh Tols (Philadelphia Phillies/Melbourne Aces) and Dushan Ruzic (Canberra Cavalry) have also been selected.

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