WBBL is only a few months away and teams have started getting themselves up and ready for the most exciting league that women play. Sydney Sixers, as per recent reports, has signed Jodie Hicks, Stella Campbell, and Emma Hughes.
It is interesting to note that these players are re-signing their contracts with the franchise. Hicks is an all-arounder. She is located in the Western Riverina of the state. She was a part of the Sixer’s side and accompanied their journey in the first five seasons and has further committed herself to the side for next year.
Campbell, who balls pace, took five wickets for the Sixers last season. Hughes, on the other hand, is about to debut. The head coach of the Sixers, Ben Sawyer, believed that the addition of the three players will bring value to the side. He said that “Hicksy has been part of every WBBL campaign and forced her way into our starting XI at the back end of last season through hard work and perseverance”.
He added that “Over the years she has been vital for us in the field but she has worked hard on her batting and has contributed there too”.
On Stella, he said that she has improved as the competition went on and brought her best when Perry was not available. She has taken the responsibility of pace bowling for the side in power plays. He added that “Emma’s had a few shoulder injuries and is working hard to make it back to full fitness for the opening rounds of the WBBL. She has moved to Sydney from Dubbo and it’s positive that not only do we at the Sixers see her talent, but the NSW system obviously sees her potential too, by offering her a full state contract with the Breakers”.
It is interesting to note that Campbell is completing her HSC studies at Mackellar Girls High School. She is currently situated in Northern Beaches. She made her first appearance for the Women’s National Cricket League last summer while playing for NSW Breakers. She further made her away into Governor-General’s XI against India.
To accommodate training in her studies, she often leaves her home at Newport at 6 am. She said “It’s been a little hectic but then this year’s been hectic for everyone. I try and take it day by day and plan as much as I can. I fit in training early in the morning or after school in the afternoons but it’s all going well”.
The three faces are the future of Australian cricket and their performances in the league will be noticed by spectators throughout the globe.
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