Adelaide Strikers is one of the eight teams that will feature in the seventh edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The WBBL starts from October 14. Adelaide Strikers have a strong squad of 15, out of which two are overseas players, including the South African duo of Dane van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt.
Squad: Darcie Brown, Katie Mack, Madeline Penna, Bridget Patterson, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt, Tegan McPharlin, Sarah Coyte, Tahlia McGrath, Jemma Barsby, Dane van Niekerk, Nell Bryson-Smith, Annie O’Neil, Megan Schutt, Meagan Dixon
The young Australian seamer made quite an impression during the recently concluded India-Australia series. She made her international debut in that series. She featured in two ODIs and picked up five wickets. She was the joint highest wicket-taker in the ODI series, alongside Sophie Molineux. The right-arm quick has good pace and variations in her armoury.
The opening bat is an experienced domestic player, who plays for Australian Capital Territory. She also featured in the Hundred and was a part of the Birmingham Phoenix squad. Apart from batting, she also bowls occasional leg spin.
The right arm leg spinner plays her domestic cricket for Australian Capital Territory. Prior to getting signed by Adelaide Strikers, she played for the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.
She is an aggressive right-hand middle order bat and an excellent fielder. She can keep wickets too. She is a former member of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team development squad which toured Sri Lanka in early 2016.
The right arm leg spinner has played for Australia in 21 international matches and has picked up 27 wickets. She is a genuine wicket-taker and is known for her disciplined bowling. She was also a part of the Southern Brave squad in the Hundred.
The right hand opening bat from South Africa is a seasoned campaigner having represented the Proteas in 95 international matches, including 33 T20Is. She has three half centuries and has scored 588 runs in 31 innings. She has a strike rate of 114.61.
The wicket-keeper bat is one of the most experienced players in the Strikers’ squad. She is the former captain who has made great contributions with bat as well as with gloves. She has been a part of the squad since its inception. She claimed 10 catches and four stumpings from 13 matches last season. The right hand bat also scored more than 800 runs over the past two seasons in the Statewide Super First Grade competition.
The right arm seamer was a part of the Australian squad between 2010 and 2016 featuring in 81 matches, including 47 T20Is. She has 100 international wickets. She plays her domestic cricket for New South Wales.
The talented all-rounder had a wonderful outing in the recently concluded multi-format series against India. Her contributions with bat and ball helped her to win the player of the series award for the three-match T20I tournament. She is a right hand bat and right arm seamer.
She is a unique kind of all-rounder. She is a left hand bat and with the ball is ambidextrous as she bowls right arm off spin and slow left arm orthodox. Prior to signing up for Strikers, she played for Brisbane Heat.
Dane van Niekerk:
The South African all-rounder is one of the best in the business. The Proteas’ skipper is a hard-hitting right hand bat and a right arm leg spinner. Leading Oval Invincibles in the Hundred, she led the side to championship. She was the player of the series in the Hundred.
The right-hand bat and a slow left-arm spinner is good all-rounder. She is expected to provide that variation to the Strikers’ bowling attack. Prior to signing up for Adelaide Strikers, she was a part of the Hobart Hurricanes.
She is a right-hand middle-order bat and bowls occasional leg-spin. She plays her domestic cricket for South Australia and was also the captain of the U-18 state side. The powerful batter had plundered the biggest score in Sturt Cricket Club’s long history with a 242 not out in 2017.
The experienced Australian seamer is one of the best bowlers in the world. She is quick and aggressive with the ball. With an experience of 73 T20I in which she has scalped 96 wickets, Schutt will lead Strikers’ bowling attack.
The right-arm quick plays her domestic cricket for Queensland. Apart from bowling, she is more than handy with the bat. She is a right-handed batter.
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