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Whitefield's excitement at Australia selection
10/10/2019 12:21 AM ET
 

Giants star Aaron Whitefield holds the same boyish excitement as when he first debuted for Australia heading into November's Premier12 tournament in South Korea.

The 23-year-old's first senior appearance for Australia was in 2017 when the Aussies hosted World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Sydney.

While they did not make it then, improved rankings saw the Aussies leap into the top 10 globally and secure a place at Premier12 as the No. 7 ranked baseball nation.

Fresh off another season for the Minnesota Twins organisation, Whitefield was happy to be Adelaide's Team Australia representative.

"It feels great to be able to play for my country, I'm always honoured to put on that green and gold jersey," Whitefield said.

"To do it as a Giant is great, as well as having Tank [Chris Adamson] a part of the program!"

There will be a battle in the outfield as Whitefield comes up against experienced trio Andrew Campbell (Brisbane), Tim Kennelly (Perth) and David Kandilas (Canberra), with no one assured of a starting spot under manager David Nilsson.

Despite any internal competition, the focus remains on team success with Olympic qualification up for grabs if the Aussies finish ahead of South Korea and Taiwan.

"It's going to be great for Australian baseball, playing in a tournament with so many high calibre teams," Whitefield said.

"We have a great lead-up to the tournament to help us achieve the best result we can and put Australia even higher on the map in the baseball world."

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