Team Australia will travel to Japan before the 2013 World Baseball Classic First Round to take on the Japan national team in a tw0-game set.
The series will take place in Osaka on February 23 and 24. The NPB and ABL have agreed to play in the Osaka Dome in preparation for the first round of the Classic.
Australia will use these games to finalize their starting lineup and as part of their final preparations before the start of the tournament. Australia opens their official camp on the 17th in Taichung, Taiwan.
Team Australia will play six games prior to the start of the tournament. In addition to the two games against Japan in Osaka, it will play four games in Taiwan with the teams to be announced at a later date.
Team Australia opens the WBC in Taichung against Taiwan on Saturday March 2.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.