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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 Perth Scorchers who won the competition in 2021.
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 haven’t changed their team a great deal. The biggest departure is Suzie Bates, but she’s been ably replaced by Dane van Niekerk.
Adelaide Strikers 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Jemma Barsby, Darcie Brown (Australia), Nell Bryson-Smith, Sarah Coyte, Meagan Dixon, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (Australia), Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Annie O’Neil, Megan Schutt (Australia), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)
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 However, they have lost Delissa Kimmince to retirement, while Kiwi star Amelia Kerr has withdrawn from the competition.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), Zoe Cooke, Nadine de Klerk (South Africa), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll, Poonam Yadav (India)
There are 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 Protea Mignon du Preez from the Stars.
They also signed Rachel Trenaman, but she will miss the campaign with injury.
Hobart Hurricanes 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Rachel Priest (c) (New Zealand), Nicola Carey (Australia), Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Angelina Genford, Richa Ghosh (India), Maisy Gibson, Ruth Johnston, Sasha Moloney, Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, 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 and also regain Jess Duffin. 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, Ellen Falconer, Holly Ferling, Poppy Gardner, Ella Hayward, Eve Jones (England), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Carly Leeson, Rhiann O’Donnell, Jemimah Rodrigues (India), 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’ve also lost English players 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), Maia Bouchier (England), Lucy Cripps, Maddy Darke, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Kim Garth (Ireland), Anna Lanning, Rhys McKenna, Erin Osborne, Linsey Smith (England), Annabel Sutherland (Australia), Elyse Villani
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 Athapathu (Sri Lanka), Samantha Betts, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Ashley Day, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Lisa Griffith, Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Alana King, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney (Australia), Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo
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, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Claire Moore, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Shafali Verma (India), Radha Yadav (India)
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, but have added Indian pair Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.
Sydney Thunder 2021-22 WBBL squad:
Rachael Haynes (c) (Australia), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Jessica Davidson, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Smriti Mandhana (India), Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Deepti Sharma (India), Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Issy Wong (England)