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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 globe.
Broadcast on Channel Seven and Fox Cricket, 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 Thunder.
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.
The Strikers had a rough campaign last season and still have to do some work on the signings front, with only five players so far locked in for the upcoming season.
They have, however, retained a trio of marquee players in Darcie Brown, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Laura Wolvaardt
Adelaide Strikers 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Darcie Brown (Australia), Katie Mack, Madeline Penna, Bridget Patterson, Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Australia)
Brisbane have retained most of their marquee talent as well some of their more promising local youngsters. However, they have lost Delissa Kimmince to retirement, while Kiwi star Amelia Kerr has withdrawn from the competition.
Brisbane Heat 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Jess Jonassen (c) (Australia), Anneke Bosch (South Africa), Grace Harris (Australia), Mikayla Hinkley, Laura Kimmince, Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Georgia Voll
There will be changes aplenty for the WBBL’s perennial underachievers, not the least of which being the departure of captain Corinne Hall to the Thunder. The Hurricanes have done some shopping, however, poaching Molly Strano from the Renegades, as well as Rachel Trenaman and Protea Mignon du Preez from the Stars.
Hobart Hurricanes 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Nicola Carey (Australia), Maisy Gibson, Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg (Australia), Molly Strano (Australia), Belinda Vakarewa (Australia), Tayla Vlaeminck (Australia)
The Renegades will be disappointed to lose Molly Strano to the Hurricanes Maitlan Brown to the Sixers, but have stolen Holly Ferling from their arch rivals in the Stars. Sophie Molineux replaces the outgoing Amy Satterthwaite as captain.
Melbourne Renegades 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Sophie Molineux (c) (Australia), Makinley Blows, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin (Australia), Holly Ferling (Australia), Ella Hayward, Georgia Wareham (Australia), Courtney Webb
The Stars have lost a lot of marquee talent since last season. Holly Ferling has crossed town to the Renegades, Mignon du Preez will play for the Hurricanes, while Alana King has gone to the Scorchers.
They’re also unlikely to retain the services of last year’s English imports in Katherine Brunt and Nat Scriver, due to the WBBL season clashing with international commitments. They have, however, signed Ireland’s Kim Garth.
Melbourne Stars 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Meg Lanning (c) (Australia), Lucy Cripps, Nic Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth (Ireland), Erin Osborne (Australia), Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani (Australia)
The Scorchers will field a mostly intact lineup compared to last season. Most importantly, Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney are still on the roster, while Chamari Athapaththu comes over from Sri Lanka, Marizanne Kapp crosses from the Sixers and Alana King comes over from the Stars.
They have, however, lost Nicole Bolton to the Sixers, while Emma King has retired.
Perth Scorchers 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Sophie Devine (c) (New Zealand), Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Samantha Betts, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham (Australia), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Alana King, Beth Mooney (Australia), Chloe Piparo, Taneale Peschel
The Sixers will be hoping to rebound from another shock early exit and have loaded up by adding Nicole Bolton from the Scorchers and Maitlan Brown from the Renegades. South African duo Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk are out, however, with Kapp joining the Scorchers and Van Niekerk departing.
Sydney Sixers 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Ellyse Perry (c) (Australia), Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton (Australia), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns (Australia), Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes
The Thunder have added Corinna Hall from the Hurricanes, but have lost Rachel Trenaman to the same team. They will be stung by the losses of Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont, however, with no English players likely to feature in WBBL07.
Sydney Thunder 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Rachael Haynes (c) (Australia), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson