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England spinner Hazell joins Strikers

11 October 2018

England international Danielle Hazell will join the Adelaide Strikers for rebel WBBL|04.

The right-arm off-spinner has represented England in three Tests, 53 ODIs and 82 T20Is, accumulating almost a decade of international experience.

The Yorkshire player was selected for the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Ashes series and has assumed interim captain duties for her national side in the past.

The 30-year-old off-spinner was included in the Trailblazers squad for a history-making Indian Premier League women’s exhibition match in May and recently played with the Lancashire Thunder in the third edition of the Kia Super League in the UK.

Hazell replaced an injured Kristen Beams for the Melbourne Stars in WBBL|02, where she took nine wickets in six matches.

“I’m very excited to be involved (in the WBBL),” Hazell said.

“I had a little taste of it a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to a full season. To play in a new environment and learn from different players is always exciting, and it’s great to play with different spinners to see how they go about their game.”

Strikers head coach Andrea McCauley believes Hazell’s inclusion will boost the side’s spin stocks.

“It’s great to have another spinner – I really like spin as an option in the T20 game,” McCauley said.

“Dani is very experienced and has always competed well against Australia. She’s often been a thorn in the side of the Aussies so I felt like she could be a real weapon for us.

“She has a lot of international experience and has also captained England on occasion, so she is clearly held in high regard by England Cricket.”

Currently positioned sixth in the ICC T20I world bowling rankings, Hazell is the highest-ranked Englishwoman on the list, but does not take her opportunities for granted.

“I’m very grateful for this chance and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

The Adelaide Strikers will begin their WBBL|04 campaign on 2 December.