Kent, Collins in WBC assault for Australia
Steve Kent has been named in a squad for the World Baseball Classic. Photo: Gary Schafer
ACT talents Steve Kent and Michael Collins have been named in the Australian provisional squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The duo are part of a group of 28 players and eight coaches named to the team for the WBC, which will be held in March across three rounds and baseball venues around the world.
It's not the first time Kent has represented Australia at a national level. He played for team Australia in the International Baseball Federation World Cup in 2011, was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifying tournament and played in the under-17 and under-19 world championships.
Kent admitted to being relieved when told of his selection by manager John Deeble.
''There's a lot of relief and very excited about getting out there and playing against the world's best," he said.
"I found out last night and was not allowed to tell anyone until it was officially released."
Kent joins 20 other Australians in the team who are playing in the Australian Baseball League.
"Once you put on the green and gold everyone comes together," Kent said.
"It doesn't matter if you've played against each other in the past, when you are in that Australian uniform everyone is united and playing towards that same goal."
Canberra Cavalry head coach Collins was also named as a coach for Team Australia. Like Kent, Collins has represented Australia at several different levels as a player and now as a coach.
"People always consider us [Australia] underdogs,'' Kent said.
''We feel like we are a lot better than we get credit for and we want to get out there and prove it to the rest of the world."
This will be the third time Australia has been represented at the WBC.