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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.
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 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.
* denotes replacement player only available for a portion of the tournament.
The Strikers made a splash in the offseason, signing West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor from the Thunder, while also appointing a new coach in Luke Williams.
Adelaide Strikers 2019/20 WBBL squad
Suzie Bates (c) (New Zealand), Darcie Brown, Sarah Coyte, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Eliza Doddridge, Ellie Falconer, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neill, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Megan Schutt (Southern Stars), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Southern Stars), Lauren Winfield* (England)
The reigning champions have added New Zealand duo Maddy Green and Amelia Kerr, rounding out what looks to be one of the most impressive marquee quintets in the league.
Brisbane Heat 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Lilly Mills (cc), Charli Knott (cc), Haidee Birkett, Maddy Green (New Zealand), Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen (Southern Stars), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Delissa Kimmince (Australia), Beth Mooney (Australia), Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short, Courtney Sippel
A second consecutive last-place finish saw Hurricanes coach Salliann Briggs make a whopping seven changes to the squad for WBBL05.
Hobart Hurricanes 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Corinne Hall (c), Nicola Carey (Southern Stars), Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Maisy Gibson, Brooke Hepburn, Heather Knight (England), Hayley Matthews* (West Indies), Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Emily Smith, Chloe Tryon (South Africa), Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Fran Wilson (England)
While the Renegades have lost New Zealand skipper Amy Satterthwaite, they’ve done well to bring in England’s Tammy Beaumont in her stead. Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux being bumped up to marquee players limited their opportunity to do much shopping elsewhere.
Melbourne Renegades 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Jess Duffin (c), Tammy Beaumont (England), Makinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux (Southern Stars), Courtney Neale, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Georgia Wareham (Southern Stars), Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt (England)
All eyes will be on Elyse Villani as she looks to rebound from her Southern Stars axing. The Stars have reacquired Emma Inglis following her stint across town, while also holding onto their South African duo in Lizelle Le and Mignon du Preez.
Melbourne Stars 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Elyse Villani (c) (Southern Stars), Kristen Beams, Lucy Cripps, Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock, Emma Inglis, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Katie Martin (New Zealand), Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes, Annabel Sutherland
The Scorchers have suffered a handful of key departures, including skipper Elyse Villani to the Melbourne Stars, although they have scored up-and-coming wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne.
Perth Scorchers 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts, Nicole Bolton (Southern Stars), Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Kim Garth (Ireland), Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Amy Jones (England), Emma King, Meg Lanning (Southern Stars), Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver (England)
Following three consecutive grand final appearances, the Sixers have – unsurprisingly – left their squad almost entirely intact.
Sydney Sixers 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Ellyse Perry (c) (Southern Stars), Sarah Aley, Alisha Bates, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner (Southern Stars), Alyssa Healy (Southern Stars), Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Smith, Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)
The Thunder have suffered a number of key losses, most notably the losses of Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson and Belinda Vakarewa to Hobart.
Sydney Thunder 2019/20 WBBL squad:
Rachel Haynes (c) (Southern Stars), Sam Bates, Alex Backwell, Nida Dar (Pakistan), Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail (South Africa), Kate Peterson, Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilsin