Megan Schutt, who missed the tournament openers in Tasmania to be with family following the birth of first child Rylee with wife Jess, is available for selection for the clashes against the Scorchers and Renegades at Lilac Hill this weekend.
Schutt, who until last week had not missed a game in Strikers history, is counting down the hours until she can take the ball in Perth.
‘I can’t wait to get back out in the blue. I’ve been watching so much cricket lately, and I’m thrilled I can finally re-join such a great group of people.’
First-year skipper Tahlia McGrath, who has begun Weber WBBL|07 in remarkable form with both bat and ball, grinned widely when asked what it means to have Schutt back in the squad.
‘She is going to be an awesome inclusion. We’ll welcome her back with open arms, and hopefully we’ll see her on the park on Saturday. She’s the ultimate professional.
'She was telling me this morning about all the PB’s she’s been getting in the gym, so she’s ready to go. We know what we are going to get from Shooter. She’s one of the best in the world for a reason.’
Packing more than 200 fixtures of experience across elite-level cricket for the trip across the Nullarbor, Schutt’s inclusion strengthens an already strong side, with the Strikers currently residing in the top echelon of the standings with four games in the books.
The Strikers’ bowling attack has been electric throughout the competition so far, with the likes of Darcie Brown, Tahlia McGrath, Sarah Coyte, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Dané van Niekerk and Jemma Barsby all performing brilliantly. Such is the talent of Schutt, it seems unlikely she will watch from the sidelines this weekend, with the selection squeeze something that McGrath sees as a great sign.
‘That’s a really good problem to have, when you have so much competition for spots. If Shooter comes back in, whoever misses out is going to be extremely unlucky, but that’s what happens in good sides.’
The Strikers begin a huge weekend of cricket on Saturday against Perth Scorchers from 4.20pm ACDT, with fans able to see every ball live on cricket.com.au, Foxtel and Kayo, as well as listening live via ABC Sport. Tickets are also on sale now for the Strikers lengthy home stand, which begins at Karen Rolton Oval on Saturday 6 November against Melbourne Stars.