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The Women’s Big Bash League, or WBBL, is the premier women’s Twenty20 competition in the world, boasting some of the best players from all over the world. Squads for the 2018-19 season are yet to be confirmed.
Broadcast on Network Ten, it is one of the first women’s leagues in the history of Australian sport to enjoy widespread, continuous exposure on free-to-air television. A full guide to where WBBL games will be broadcast can be found on our WBBL fixtures page.
The most recent champions of the WBBL are the Sydney Sixers, who took out their second grand final in a row over the Perth Scorchers in Adelaide.
The WBBL has already begun to take off, with coverage increasing from year to year and players from more countries becoming involved in the competition.
WBBL|01 was won by the Sydney Thunder, who beat their cross-town rivals, the Sixers, in a last-ball thriller in the final at the MCG.
The WBBL|02 season saw the Sixers avenge their defeat, though they did so against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
The WBBL is contested between the same eight franchises which comprise the men’s Big Bash League: the Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
Each club can sign a squad of 15 players, including five current or recent Southern Stars and up to three other international players.
Squads for 2018-19 need to be finalised by November 23. We have the impartial squads published below, and will add to them as soon as more announcements are made.
The Strikers struggled across the first two WBBL seasons, finishing second-last and last. In 2017/18, however, they rebounded to appear in their first ever finals series, going down to the Sydney Sixers.
Adelaide Strikers 2018/19 WBBL squad
Suzie Bates (c) (New Zealand), Samantha Betts, Sarah Coyte, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Ellen Falconer, Danielle Hazell (England), Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville
After a third-place finish in 2016-17, the Heat regressed last year to finish fifth and miss the finals for the second time in three years.
Brisbane Heat 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Kirby Short (c), Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jessica Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sune Luus (South Africa), Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)
After back-to-back semi-final appearances, the 2017/18 WBBL was a rough one for the Hurricanes as they finished last.
Hobart Hurricanes 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Corinne Hall (c), Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Brooke Hepburn, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Georgia Redmayne, Emma Thompson
While the Renegades improved their ladder position by one for the second straight year, given they finished last in WBBL|01, it only resulted in sixth place.
They are one of two WBBL teams to have never made the finals.
Melbourne Renegades 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Amy Satterthwaite (c) (New Zealand), Maitlan Brown, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Anna Lanning, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Danielle Wyatt (England)
It was a third straight season out of the finals for the Melbourne Stars in 2017/18, with a seventh-place finish a new low for the team.
Melbourne Stars 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Kristen Beams (c), Makinley Blows, Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Georgia Elwiss (England), Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Katie Mack, Erin Osborne, Chloe Rafferty, Annabel Sutherland
The Scorchers made the finals for the third straight season in 2018, reaching the decider for the second year in a row, too.
Unfortunately, success eluded them yet again as they fell to the Sixers in the grand final again.
Perth Scorchers 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Elyse Villani (c), Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Emma King, Meg Lanning, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith
The Sixers continued to dominate the WBBL in 2017/18, making it three finals appearances from three.
They claimed their second title in succession too, knocking off Perth once again to finish first.
Sydney Sixers 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Ellyse Perry (c), Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Clara Iemma, Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Carly Leeson, Sara McGlashan (New Zealand), Lauren Smith, Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
The Sydney Thunder rebounded from a disappointing championship defence the previous season with a second-place finish and a return to the semis.
Their finals campaign was undone in the first week, however, by the Scorchers.
Sydney Thunder 2018/19 WBBL squad:
Alex Blackwell (c), Sam Bates, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Rachael Haynes, Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Naomi Stalenberg, Stefanie Taylor (West Indies), Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa