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WBBL: The squad so far

22 November 2018

New Zealander Suzie Bates is back in blue in WBBL|04

With just one week until the opening weekend of rebel WBBL|04 at CitiPower Centre in Melbourne, here’s a look at how the Adelaide Strikers are shaping up.

Who’s back?

Big-hitting Kiwis Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine are returning to Adelaide, fresh off the back of the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean.

The ever-reliable Suzie Bates was brilliant at the top of the order for New Zealand, producing knocks of 67, 48, 11 and 35, while passing 3000 T20I career runs. Bates will return to captaincy duties, despite stepping down from the top job for New Zealand earlier this year.

Devine showed her sheer power with an incredible 51 off 22 balls against Ireland, including seven fours and three sixes. The allrounder also bowls fast - she almost singlehandedly won a thrilling super over against the Sydney Thunder last year, excelling with both bat and ball.

Batter Bridget Patterson returns, following her maiden Women’s National Cricket League century in September, plus powerful Alice Springs recruit Tabatha Saville is back to build on her strong WBBL|03 campaign, which included a final-ball four, clinching a win against the Melbourne Stars.

Australian leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington has signed on until the end of 2020-21 and off-spinner Alex Price will further bolster the spin stocks, with both players also able to contribute handy lower-order runs.

Experienced wicketkeeper Tegan McPharlin will again take the gloves, while allrounder Tahlia McGrath will be valuable in the top-order and with the ball.

A fierce pace-bowling unit includes Australian opening bowler Megan Schutt and left-armer Katelyn Pope, who proved her economical worth when she was thrown the ball at the back-end of WBBL|03.

Sam Betts, who recently took her first WNCL five-wicket haul will add bowling depth, as will Australia Under 19s representative Ellie Falconer.

Who’s new?

England off-spinner Danielle Hazell will be an exciting new inclusion to the side, currently listed fifth in the ICC women’s T20I bowling rankings.

Sarah Coyte comes back to Adelaide after retiring from cricket following WBBL|02 to focus on her health. The fast-bowler made a heroic return to the sport in WBBL|03 as a replacement player for the Sydney Sixers.

Playing in the Sixers’ last four matches, Coyte took an incredible 10 wickets, plus player of the match honours for two games, including the final.

What’s next?

One place remains vacant on the contract list, with the 15th player being announced in the lead-up to the first match.

The Adelaide Strikers open their WBBL|04 campaign against the Brisbane Heat on Sunday 2 December at the new CitiPower Centre complex in Melbourne.

WBBL|04 squad
Suzie Bates (NZ) (c)
Sophie Devine (NZ)
Megan Schutt
Tahlia McGrath
Alex Price
Sarah Coyte
Ellie Falconer
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Tegan McPharlin (wk)
Katelyn Pope
Sam Betts
Dani Hazell (Eng)
Bridget Patterson
Tabatha Saville
15th player: TBA