Women’s Big Bash League 2018-19: All you need to know about the tournament
The fourth edition will kick-start on December 1st and the final will be played on January 26th.
Updated - Nov 30, 2018 11:53 am
While the BCCI is still contemplating if they should bring in a league for women, Cricket Australia is well set to roll out the fourth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League. The tournament was expected to bring to fore some great young talents and it has done so quite tremendously in the first three seasons.
Once again, the tournament will see all the eight teams in action fighting it out for the title. The WBBL 2018-19 kicks off in Victoria on December 1 at the newly revamped Junction Oval, with all the franchises showcasing world’s biggest stars and Australia’s best players, starting with a festive weekend.
Once again, the top ranked team will be hosting the semifinals and finals of the tournament which will urge the sides to battle out hard to finish at the helm. The stage is all set for the ladies to take over and it will be interesting to see how far the other teams can compete with the defending champions Sydney Sixers.
Here are all the details about the teams and the tournament that starts this Saturday.
The coveted trophy has remained in Sydney in the first three seasons. Sydney Thunder managed to win the inaugural edition in 2015/16, the same season where the men’s Thunder side won their first title as well. After that, Sydney Sixers emerged victorious in the next two campaigns and will be eager to win a third successive WBBL trophy.
With the tournament broadening its horizons, it will be difficult for the Sydney Sixers to defend their title. The biggest of names including Suzie Bates, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Heather Knight, Daniel Wyatt and various others will be heading to Australia to participate in world cricket’s biggest women’s league.
Sony India will be telecasting Big Bash games as usual, but not all games might get live coverage in India. All the other action can be streamed live on Cricket Australia’s official website.
Indian players in the tournament
Harmanpreet and Smriti Mandhana will be the only representatives from India in this cricketing extravaganza. Smriti will be joining the struggling Hobart Hurricanes, who finished at the bottom last season. The Indian T20I skipper Harmanpreet will continue to ply trade with Sydney Thunder for the third successive season.
1. Sydney Sixers
Last season: Winners
Squad: Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Carly Leeson, Sara McGlashan (NZ), Ellyse Perry, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Smith, Dane van Niekerk (SA), Tahlia Wilson (one more to be announced)
Ins: Stella Campbell, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Tahlia Wilson
Outs: Jodie Hicks, Clara Iemma, Emily Leys, Ange Reakes
2. Perth Scorchers
Last season: 2nd
Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Hayleigh Brennan, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Kate Cross (ENG), Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Amy Jones (ENG), Emma King, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith (wk), Elyse Villani
Ins: Hayley Brennan, Kate Cross, Amy Jones, Meg Lanning
Outs: Natalie Sciver, Katie Hartshorn, Mikayla Hinkley, Thamsyn Newton, Katherine Brunt
3. Sydney Thunder
Last season: 3rd
Squad: Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes, Sam Bates, Stafanie Taylor (WI), Lisa Griffith, Harmanpreet Kaur (IND), Rachel Trenaman, Hannah Darlington, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Belinda Vakarewa, Saskia Horley, Maisy Gibson, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest
Ins: Saskia Horley
Outs: Hannah Trethewy
4. Adelaide Strikers
Last season: 4th
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, Danielle Hazell (Eng), Bridget Patterson, Tabatha Saville, Eliza Doddridge
Ins: Sarah Coyte, Danielle Hazell, Eliza Doddridge
Outs: Tammy Beaumont, Rhiannon Dick, Annie O’Neil
5. Brisbane Heat
Last season: 5th
Squad: Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Charli Knott, Delissa Kimmince, Sune Luus (SA), Beth Mooney (wk), Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short, Courtney Sippel, Laura Wolvaardt (SA)
Ins: Sune Luus, Charlie Knott, Courtney Sippel, Josie Dooley,
Outs: Deandra Dottin, Holly Ferling, Courtney Hill, Kara Southerland
6. Melbourne Renegades
Last season: 6th
Squad: Amy Satterthwaite (NZ, c), Maitlan Brown, Zoe Cooke, Jess Duffin, Claire Koski, Erica Kershaw, Emma Inglis (wk), Anna Lanning, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (NZ), Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt (ENG)
Ins: Zoe Cooke, Erica Kershaw, Anna Lanning, Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt
Outs: Jenny Taffs, Chamari Atapattu, Rhiann O’Donnell, Hayley Jensen, Kris Britt
7. Melbourne Stars
Last season: 7th
Squad: Kristen Beams (c), Erin Osborne, Makinley Blows, Elly Donald, Mignon du Preez (SA), Georgia Elwiss (Eng), Nicole Faltum (wk), Holly Ferling, Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (SA), Katie Mack, Chloe Rafferty, Ange Reakes, Annabel Sutherland
Ins: Elly Donald, Holly Ferling, Nicola Hancock, Ange Reakes
Outs: Hayleigh Brennan, Emma Kearney, Anna Lanning, Gemma Triscari
8. Hobart Hurricanes
Last season: 8th
Squad: Sasha Moloney (c), Stefanie Daffara, Ash Day, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Corinne Hall, Brooke Hepburn, Heather Knight (ENG), Smriti Mandhana (WI), Hayley Matthews (WI), Rhiann O’Donnell, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Emma Thompson
Ins: Heather Knight, Ash Day, Rhiann O’Donnell, Smriti Mandhana
Outs: Celeste Raack, Veda Krishnamurthy, Lauren Winfield, Nicola Hancock