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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 Brisbane Heat, who won their second championship in a row.
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 have retained coach Luke Williams, and will look to go one better after finishing runners-up in WBBL05. They’ve brought Madeline Penna across from the Stars, as well as boosting their top order with South African Laura Wolvaardt.
Adelaide Strikers 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Suzie Bates (c) (New Zealand), Darcie Brown, Sarah Coyte (Australia), Ellie Falconer, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (Australia), Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Alex Price, Megan Schutt (Australia), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Australia), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)
The defending champions will bid to become the first team in WBBL history to win three straight titles. The Heat have lost Beth Mooney, Sammy-Jo Johnson and former skipper Kirby Short. Nicola Hancock has made the move north from the Stars, along with South African medium pacer Nadine de Klerk.
Brisbane Heat 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Jess Jonassen (c) (Australia), Maddy Green (New Zealand), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris (Australia), Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Delissa Kimmince (Australia), Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Charli Knott, Lilly Mills, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll
Perennial underachievers Hobart managed to finish second-last in WBBL05, something of an achievement considering the fact that they’d finished last in consecutive seasons prior. Kiwi keeper-batsman Rachel Priest is a massive signing from the Thunder, along with Belinda Vakarewa and South African Chloe Tryon.
Hobart Hurricanes 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Corinne Hall (c), Chloe Abel, Nell Bryson-Smith, Nicola Carey, Brooke Hepburn, Hayley Jensen (New Zealand), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Sasha Moloney, Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Emily Smith, Emma Thompson, Chloe Tryon (South Africa), Belinda Vakarewa (Australia)
The Renegades successfully lured exciting South African opener Lizelle Lee across town from the Stars. Lee is expected to partner up with Aussie World Cup-winning all-rounder Sophie Molineux at the top of the order. Promising 16-year-old Ella Hayward has also been recruited, following a stellar showing with bat and ball at last season’s under-18 National Championships.
Melbourne Renegades 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Amy Satterthwaite (c) (New Zealand), Makinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin (Australia), Erin Fazackerley, Ella Hayward, Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux (Australia), Courtney Neale, Molly Strano (Australia), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Georgia Wareham (Australia), Courtney Webb
The Stars have placed an emphasis on recruitment following a hugely disappointing last-place finish in BBL05. Australian skipper Meg Lanning has been lured back to the Stars, who’ve also signed Lucy Cripps and Sophie Day. Protea Mignon du Preez is the club’s leading run-scorer in WBBL history, and will once again represent the club she’s been with since WBBL03.
Melbourne Stars 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Meg Lanning (c) (Australia), Katherine Brunt (England), Lucy Cripps, Sophie Day, Bhavi Devchand, Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling (Australia), Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Alana King, Erin Osborne (Australia), Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Natalie Sciver (England), Annabel Sutherland (Australia), Elyse Villani (Australia)
The Scorchers have secured a couple of huge transfers, luring Kiwi International Sophie Devine and the world’s top-ranked T20 player Beth Mooney out west. The pair were the two leading run-scorers in last year’s edition, and the Scorchers will be hopeful they can post similar numbers wearing orange.
Perth Scorchers 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Sophie Devine (c) (New Zealand), Megan Banting, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts, Nicole Bolton (Australia), Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sarah Glenn (England), Heather Graham (Australia), Amy Jones (England), Emma King, Beth Mooney (Australia), Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Wyllie
Following the shock of missing the finals last year after three consecutive grand final appearances, the Sixers are expected to float back to the top. Much will depend on the form and fitness of skipper Ellyse Perry, whose shoulder injury last year coincided with the Sixers derailment.
Sydney Sixers 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Ellyse Perry (c) (Australia), Sarah Aley (Australia), Erin Burns (Australia), Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle (Australia), Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Lisa Griffith, Alyssa Healy (Australia), Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
The big news for Thunder fans is the signing of two-time WBBL champion Sammy-Jo Johnson from the Brisbane Heat. Johnson will team up with gun Protea quick Shabnim Ismail to form a pace attack oozing with quality.
Sydney Thunder 2020-21 WBBL squad:
Rachael Haynes (c) (Australia), Sam Bates, Tammy Beaumont (England), Hannah Darlington, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail (South Africa), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Heather Knight (England), Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson