Tough task for Gilas as Australia adds two NBA players in FIBA World Cup qualifiers

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(CNN Philippines, May 31) — Gilas Pilipinas will face a reloaded Australia squad after adding two National Basketball Association (NBA) players in its lineup for the the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker have been named in the 12-man roster of Australia, the FIBA website announced Thursday.

Dellavedova helped Australia finish fourth in the 2016 Brazil Olympics, while the 21-year-old Maker will be making his international tournament debut.

Australia will try to sustain its winning ways as the only undefeated team in Group B entering the third window, while the Philippines will attempt to improve its position in the competition.

In their previous encounter, the Australians convincingly won against the Filipinos, 84-68.

The two countries will square off on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.