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The second season of the WBBL is upon us. Here’s how the sides look after player movements.
ADELAIDE STRIKERS: Tegan McPharlin (capt), Megan Schutt, Bridget Patterson, Tahlia McGrath, Alex Price, Charlotte Edwards, Tabatha Saville, Samantha Betts, Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte, Katelyn Pope, Shelley Nitschke, Sophie Devine, Sarah Elliott, Tamsin Beaumont.
BIG NAMES: Big-hitting English internationals Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Elliott have stayed on and they also picked up fellow-Brit Tasmin Beaumont for this summer. Megan Schutt has been one of Australia’s premier opening bowlers for the past two years.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Amanda Wellington made her Australian debut last week against South Africa, with her big-breaking leg spinners seeing her compared to Shane Warne.
CHANCES: With nine players with international experience, the Strikers should be considered a chance for the title despite missing the finals last year.
BRISBANE HEAT: Delissa Kimmince (capt), Jemma Barsby, Kara Sutherland, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Holly Ferling, Laura Harris, Courtney Hill, Kirby Short, Jessica Jonassen, Bethany Mooney, Smitria Mandhana, Haidee Bikett, Georgia Prestiwdge, Deandra Dottin, Tess Cooper
BIG NAMES: Power-hitting West Indian Deandra Dottin is the most destructive batter in women’s cricket. Holly Ferling provides impact with the ball, while Southern Stars teammate Jessica Jonassen goes at less than one-a-ball in T20 cricket.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Beth Mooney catapulted into the Australian squad off the back of last year’s tournament and will look to provide the same impact alongside Dottin at the top this summer.
CHANCES: Vastly improved squad on last year’s team that finished a win from the finals – will be near the brink again.
HOBART HURRICANES: Hayley Matthews, Heather Knight, Sasha Moloney, Brooke Hepburn, Celeste Raack, Emma Thompson, Julie Hunter, Meg Phillips, Georgia Redmayne, Erin Burns, Veronica Pyke, Corrine Hall, Katelyn Pryett, Erin Fazackerley, Amy Satterthwait
BIG NAMES: England captain Heather Knights is the obvious one, but Kiwi import Amy Satterthwait is a wicket-taker while former Southern Star Julie Hunter is also deceptively dangerous.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Georgia Redmayne was Tasmania’s star in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) this summer and should find the same form in T20.
CHANCES: Shocked the competition to make the finals last year, but might still rely on their imports too much to be a serious contender.
MELBOURNE RENEGADES: Rachel Priest, Kris Britt, Maitlan Brown, Nicole Goodwin, Grace Harris, Kirsty Lamb, Sophie Molineux, Natalie Plane, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham, Danni Wyatt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Amy Yates
BIG NAMES: English import Danielle Wyatt topped the franchise’s batting average (22.63) and strike-rates (104.18) last summer, and also took 14 wickets.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Local Molly Strano took 18 wickets for the side last year, and also struck form at the end of the recent WNCL season for Victoria, while 18-year-old Sophie Molineau also showed talent as an allrounder.
CHANCES: With the Stars claiming most of Victoria’s big names, the Renegades are left to rely on the state’s up-and-comers and those from interstate. Could find it tough going.
MELBOURNE STARS: Meg Lanning (capt), Lily Bardsley, Kristen Beams, Makinley Blows, Hayleigh Brennan, Jess Cameron, Danielle Hazell, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Emma Kearney, Alana King, Anna Lanning, Katie Mack, Morna Nielsen, Natalie Sciver,
BIG NAMES: Meg Lanning topped the WBBL with 560 at an average of 56 last summer, while her WNCL-record 190 for Victoria in October showed why she’s the best female batter in the world.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Legspinner Alana King barely got a bowl in last year’s tournament but after she routed champions NSW in the WNCL last month, she could be the team’s surprise packet.
CHANCES: Missed the finals last year but it shouldn’t happen twice in a row with their squad.
PERTH SCORCHERS: Megan Banting, Suzie Bates, Emma Biss, Nicole Bolton, Katherine Brunt, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Rebecca Grundy, Emma King, Katie Jane Hartshorn, Chloe Piparo, Anya Shrubsole, Emily Smith, Elyse Villani.
BIG NAMES: Have England’s two opening bowlers in Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. Elyse Villani adds plenty of power at the top of the order.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Batters Heather Graham and Chloe Piparo lead the next generation from the West, while quick Piepa Cleary is a quality prospect with the ball.
CHANCES: Lack the experience of their rivals, and given the majority of their squad are locals, will need to improve greatly on their last-place finish in the WNCL.
SYDNEY SIXERS: Ellyse Perry (capt), Sarah Aley, Rhiannon Dick, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Haylee Hoffmeister, Marizanne Kapp, Carly Leeson, Emily Leys, Angela Reakes, Lauren Smith, Lisa Sthalekar, Dane van Niekerk
BIG NAMES: Have picked up the big names of NSW cricket in Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, while Sarah Aley turned back the clock to take 19 wickets with the ball last year.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Teenager Ashleigh Gardner hit 219 runs at a strike rate of 129 in last summer’s competition, while she was also NSW’s second-leading wicket-taker in the WNCL.
CHANCES: Recovered from a 0-6 start last season to make the final. Won’t make that mistake again and should be a real shot at the title.
SYDNEY THUNDER: Alex Blackwell (captain), Sam Bates, Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Stef Daffara, Rachel Haynes, Rene Farrell, Claire Koski, Maisy Gibson, Mikayla Hinkley, Harmanpreet Kaur, Erin Osborne, Naomi Stalenberg, Stafanie Taylor, Belinda Vakarewa
BIG NAMES: NSW captain Alex Blackwell leads the defending champions, while West Indian Stefanie Taylor hit 372 runs in 16 matches last summer
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Lauren Cheatle and Naomi Stalenberg shot to Australian selection after last summer’s tournament, while Maisy Gibson is an exciting young legspinner.
CHANCES: Shocked everyone to win last year’s tournament and still have the nucleus of their side together. Will become the hunted in 2016-17 though.