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Adelaide Strikers

Captain: TBC
Coach: Luke Williams

Final season sixth

Squad Jemma Barsby, Darcie Brown, Nell Bryson-Smith, Sarah Coyte, Meagan Dixon, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Dane van Niekerk (SA), Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Annie O’Neil, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt (SA)

In Jemma Barsby (Scorchers), Nell Bryson-Smith, Meagan Dixon, Dane van Niekerk
Out Suzie Bates, Ellen Falconer (Renegades), Alex Worth, Stafanie Taylor

It is a largely secure squad from an area standpoint for Strikers. Darcie Brown’s elevation to a Cricket Australia contract means she is now one of many membership’s 5 marquee names. The withdrawal of Suzie Bates resulting from issues about getting a quarantine area on return to New Zealand has seen the signing of Dane van Niekerk after she left Sixers; with each bat and ball that ought to be a invaluable addition. Brown, Megan Schutt, Tahlia McGrath and legspinner Amanda-Jade Wellington make a really effectively balanced assault with loads of wicket-takers. If they will put runs on the board they need to be a serious challenger.
Participant to observe
Do not forget that parried catch that went viral? It was one of many moments of the event final 12 months. Tahlia McGrath was excellent throughout the multi-format sequence in opposition to India with bat and ball. Nevertheless, final season’s WBBL from a run-scoring perspective was underwhelming with 227 runs at 16.21 and a strike-rate of 82.24 opening the innings. The place she is used this season stays to be seen, but when it is on the high once more extra affect will probably be wanted within the Powerplay.

Brisbane Warmth

Captain: Jess Jonassen
Coach: Ashley Noffke

Final season (2nd) Semi-final

Squad Anneke Bosch (SA), Nadine de Klerk (SA), Poonam Yadav (Ind), Zoe Cooke, Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Ellie Johnston, Jess Jonassen, Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll

In Anneke Bosch, Zoe Cooke, Ellie Johnston, Poonam Yadav
Out Maddy Inexperienced, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmince (retired), Lilly Mills (Scorchers)

The late recruitment of legspinner Poonam Yadav could possibly be an important a part of Warmth’s jigsaw after they fell on the semi-final stage final season of their bid for a hat-trick of title. They have been a good distance out on the halfway level of the marketing campaign however surged into the knockout levels. The highest order will once more look to Georgia Redmayne however it’s decrease down the place they’ve an actual X-factor within the ending expertise of Laura Kimmince who had an eye-watering strike-rate of 205.81 final season. They may even hope for additional improvement from teenager Georgia Voll. With the ball, South Africa allrounders Anneke Bosch and Nadine de Klerk could possibly be tasked will filling the function of the retired Delissa Kimmince.
Participant to observe
As talked about above, Laura Kimmince brings a dimension to Warmth’s batting that few different groups can match of their center order. Regardless of dealing with simply 86 balls final season she completed third on the sixes chart with 12 and her strike-rate was means out on high as the one batter over 200. With 37 off 17 balls within the semi-final she was on the verge of taking Warmth into the ultimate earlier than she was bowled trying a change it as a part of a lower-order collapse.

Hobart Hurricanes

Captain: Rachel Priest
Coach: Salliann Beams

Final season eighth

Squad: Rachel Priest (capt, NZ), Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck, Mignon du Preez (SA), Richa Ghosh (Ind), Angelina Genford, Maisy Gibson, Ruth Johnston, Sasha Moloney, Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Naomi Stalenberg, Belinda Vakarewa, Rachel Trenaman

In Molly Strano (Renegades), Mignon du Preez (Stars), Rachel Trenaman (Thunder), Angelina Genford, Richa Ghosh, Ruth Johnston
Out Corinne Corridor (Thunder), Emma Flint (maternity depart), Chloe Tryon, Brooke Hepburn (retired), Hayley Matthews, Erica Kershaw

Hurricanes have made some large strikes within the low season after ending final for the third time in 4 seasons. They haven’t made the WBBL finals since 2016-17 and are hoping to alter their fortunes on the again of some big-name recruits. They’ve lured the skilled Mignon du Preez from Stars and the thrilling addition of Richa Ghosh means the batting line-up may have an incredible stability of youth and expertise, in addition to energy and contact. They’d additionally added Rachel Trenaman to the highest order, however she is going to miss your entire season after rupturing her ACL. The bowling has additionally acquired an enormous increase with all-time main WBBL wicket-taker Molly Strano lured south from her beloved Melbourne Renegades. She brings a lot expertise and flexibility to the aspect along with her potential to bowl within the powerplay and within the center overs. Hurricanes lastly have a well-rounded assault if Tayla Vlaeminck and Maisy Gibson can keep match, with Vlaeminck changing into a strike weapon across the dependable Strano, Belinda Vakarewa, and Nicola Carey.
Participant to observe
Tayla Vlaeminck has performed 19 WBBL matches in her profession with WBBL05 proving her solely full season resulting from a raft of accidents. She didn’t play in any respect final season and has been nursed by way of the current Australia-India sequence, solely taking part in within the T20Is resulting from an Achilles flare-up throughout her preparation. She is arguably the quickest bowler on the planet and strikes worry into worldwide batters along with her tempo, bounce, and awkward motion. Her worth at home stage is even higher and she or he might have a serious affect on this event for the Hurricanes if she will be able to keep match. However they might want to use her judiciously as taking part in all 14 video games plus finals is perhaps an excessive amount of to ask given the journey schedule within the second half of the event.

Melbourne Renegades

Captain: Sophie Molineux
Coach: Simon Helmot

Final season seventh

Squad: Sophie Molineux (capt), Georgia Wareham, Eve Jones (Eng), Harmanpreet Kaur (Ind), Jemimah Rodrigues (Ind), Makinley Blows, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Ellie Falconer, Holly Ferling, Poppy Gardner, Ella Hayward, Carly Leeson, Rhiann O’Donnell, Courtney Webb

In Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Eve Jones, Holly Ferling (Stars), Ellen Falconer (Strikers), Poppy Gardner, Rhiann O’Donnell
Out Molly Strano (Hurricanes), Maitlan Brown (Sixers), Lizelle Lee, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Erin Fazackerley, Courtney Neale

Renegades have had an enormous turnover of gamers and workers since final season with solely a handful of acquainted faces remaining following a poor marketing campaign. Lachie Stevens departed as coach and Simon Helmot takes over, coming off successful the Caribbean Premier League title with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Sophie Molineux takes over as captain from Amy Satterthwaite whereas Lea Tahuhu additionally hasn’t returned. They’ve bolstered their batting with the signings of India duo Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues and Eve Jones from England whereas Jess Duffin’s return from maternity depart provides some much-needed expertise. The bowling will probably be examined although with out Tahuhu, Maitlan Brown and Strano. They nonetheless have quite a lot of spin depth, however they lack just a little little bit of strike energy within the tempo division. Holly Ferling provides some new-ball expertise coming throughout from the Stars and there may be some pleasure round 16-year-old left-armer Poppy Gardner.
Participant to observe
There’s loads of high quality within the high order however Georgia Wareham looms as an X-factor with each bat and ball. Her bowling is world-class as she has proved in T20 World Cups, however Renegades are very eager to proceed to progress her batting in T20 cricket. She had the sixth-highest strike-rate final season (146.31) and located the boundary each 5 deliveries, rating her solely behind Laura Kimmince and Alyssa Healy, amongst these with greater than 100 runs, and effectively above Meg Lanning and Sophie Devine. Wareham showcased her batting potential underneath stress within the second T20I in opposition to India and the Renegades are eager to additional develop her hitting potential.

Melbourne Stars

Captain: Meg Lanning
Coach: Jarrad Loughman

Final season (1st) Runners-up

Squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier (Eng), Kim Garth (Ire), Linsey Smith (Eng), Lucy Cripps, Maddy Darke, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Anna Lanning, Rhys McKenna, Erin Osborne, Elyse Villani

In Kim Garth, Rhys McKenna, Anna Lanning, Maddy Darke (Sixers), Maia Bouchier, Linsey Smith
Out Alana King (Scorchers), Mignon du Preez (Hurricanes), Holly Ferling (Renegades), Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Bhavi Devchand

Will probably be a giant ask for Stars to copy final season’s run to the ultimate given the quantity of taking part in high quality they’ve misplaced. Jarrad Loughman takes over as coach, however he will not be altering a lot of the formulation having labored alongside the departing Trent Woodhill final season. Nevertheless, the turnover of worldwide gamers is the place they are going to be examined probably the most. England stars Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt are unavailable whereas du Preez has moved to the Hurricanes. They’ve additionally misplaced some high quality bowlers in Alana King and Holly Ferling. Kim Garth is a wonderful addition having moved from Eire to Melbourne completely, whereas the recruitment of England left-arm orthodox Linsey Smith provides some worldwide expertise. Maia Bouchier comes off an England season the place she made her worldwide debut and can profit from batting with the likes of Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani.
Participant to observe
Lanning and Villani are normally the keys to Stars’ success however the one participant who might actually take the WBBL by storm this season is Annabel Sutherland. She made her Check debut in opposition to India not too long ago and her bowling seems to have taken one other step ahead. She has had restricted alternatives with the bat in her transient worldwide profession to date however has proven promise on most events. She made one half-century in 11 innings in final 12 months’s WBBL however within the absence of du Preez and Sciver she is going to shoulder much more accountability within the center order this season and her energy sport might set her aside.

Perth Scorchers

Captain: Sophie Devine
Coach: Shelley Nitschke

Final season (4th) Semi-final

Squad: Sophie Devine (NZ)(capt), Beth Mooney, Chamari Athapaththu (SL), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Samantha Betts, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Ashley Day, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Lisa Griffith, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo

In Marizanne Kapp (Sixers), Chamari Athapaththu, Alana King (Stars), Lisa Griffith (Sixers), Lilly Mills (Warmth), Ashley Day, Amy Edgar
Out Jemma Barsby (Strikers), Amy Jones, Sarah Glenn, Emma King (retired), Nicole Bolton (Sixers), Megan Banting, Georgia Wyllie

Scorchers have as soon as once more had a excessive turnover of gamers however have added some high quality to their line-up. The addition of Marizanne Kapp provides their assault some actual efficiency whereas Alana King’s legspin provides some much-needed selection after they misplaced three good spinners in Sarah Glenn, Nicole Bolton and Emma King. Bolton can also be a loss within the center order, however Chamari Athapaththu will present a distinct dynamic by way of her energy. She hasn’t beforehand produced her finest within the WBBL with Renegades however has an excellent report in Australia for Sri Lanka and produced two high-quality innings on the WACA within the T20 World Cup final 12 months, with Scorchers scheduled to play three video games there. Scorchers have one of the best opening mixture within the WBBL with Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney set to star once more however the staff could be a bit top-heavy at occasions and can want each to supply all 12 months and within the finals to say the title.
Participant to observe
It appears apparent to say however Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney are troublesome to disregard. Devine has the prospect to win three consecutive Participant of the Event awards whereas Mooney enters the competitors on the again of spectacular returns within the white-ball matches in opposition to India. They’re two extraordinary cricketers who can carry their staff on their shoulders. Devine has unfinished enterprise having by no means received a title in Australia whereas Mooney is trying to declare a 3rd having received twice beforehand with Warmth.

Sydney Sixers

Captain: Ellyse Perry
Coach: Ben Sawyer

Final season fifth

Squad: Ellyse Perry (capt), Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Angela Reakes Claire Moore, Shafali Verma (IND), Radha Yadav (IND)

In Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton (Scorchers), Maitlan Brown (Renegades), Matlida Lugg, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Claire Moore
Out Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Jodie Hicks, Sarah Aley (retired), Maddy Darke, Lisa Griffith, Hayley Silver-Holmes (injured)

After two disappointing seasons the place they’ve completed fifth to overlook the finals there was a revamp of Sixers’ squad. Earlier this 12 months their new record supervisor Lisa Sthalekar mentioned they’d “fallen behind” within the T20 sport, whereas Ellyse Perry informed ESPNcricinfo there could be adjustments to how they play. Essentially the most vital of these could contain Perry who might transfer down the order with new signing Shafali Verma becoming a member of Healy in what could possibly be an electrical opening pair. The arrival of Maitlan Brown might want to compensate for the lack of Kapp’s overs whereas Bolton’s function along with her offspin within the Powerplay could possibly be vital. Tempo bowler Hayley-Silver Houses is out of the entire event resulting from a hip harm and Erin Burns will miss a minimum of the Tasmania leg for private causes.
Participant to observe
By a mixture of assorted occasions – together with the rain at the start of the event then one other concussion – Ashleigh Gardner solely confronted 69 balls in final season’s competitors and 35 of these of these got here in a single innings when she made 53. Her strike-rate of 134.78 was second behind Healy and the liberty she is given to play with means low scores are an occupational hazard. However she is going to hope to have an effect over an extended interval this season. A variety of work went into her offspin throughout the winter and that may once more be a key a part of the assault, notably in opposition to opposition left handers.

Sydney Thunder

Captain: Rachael Haynes
Coach: Trevor Griffin

Final season (third) Champions

Squad: Rachael Haynes (capt), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Jess Davidson, Corinne Corridor, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Smriti Mandhana (IND), Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Deepti Sharma (IND), Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Issy Wong (ENG)

In Jess Davidson, Corinne Corridor (Hurricanes), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Issy Wong
Out Rachael Trenaman (Hurricanes), Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Shabnim Ismail, Saskia Horley

The defending champions have saved the core of their native gamers collectively though it stays to be confirmed how a lot of the season captain Rachael Haynes is on the market for whereas she takes maternity depart. As with Sixers there was a whole turnover within the abroad gamers with England gamers unavailable and the harm to South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. Smriti Mandhana may have a giant load to hold with the bat – particularly throughout Haynes’ absence – however comes into the event in terrific kind. Hold an eye fixed out for the tempo of Issy Wong whereas it will likely be fascinating to see if Phoebe Litchfield is ready to get a chance larger up the order.
Participant to observe
Sammy-Jo Johnson had a big effect with the ball final season after her transfer from Warmth with 22 wickets at 14.81. She fashioned a telling new-ball mixture with Ismail – which peaked with their nearly good show within the remaining – however with out the South Africa fast this season, Johnson should take extra accountability. In the course of the low season she took half within the Hundred the place she completed because the joint second-leading wicket-taker. Relying on how she is used with the bat, a rise on final 12 months’s 108 runs is also crucial.

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