Renegades sign three international T20 specialists for WBBL
The Melbourne Renegades have secured the signature of English all-rounder Danni Wyatt, New Zealand wicketkeeper Rachel Priest and South African opener Dane van Niekerk for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League season.
The trio joins Australian Test representative Sarah Elliott as the Renegades’ signings so far for the league which begins on December 5.
Wyatt will be familiar to Victorian crowds having played for the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit during the 2011-12 season.
The right-arm off-spinner was named Player of the Final in Victoria’s WT20 title victory at Etihad Stadium, and has played 89 internationals for England since making her debut against India in 2010.
“The new Women’s Big Bash League is pretty exciting. We know about the success of the men’s Big Bash League and it’s great that there is now a league for Australia’s best female players to compete in,” Wyatt said.
“When the Renegades contacted me I was very keen to be involved in the first season. It’s a huge chance to play with and against some of the best cricketers in the world and I’m looking forward to running out in red for the first time in December.
“Playing for the VicSpirit and then the Renegades makes me practically a local! I’m expecting the first year of the league to be pretty fierce competition – everyone wants to be the first club to win it. I have great memories of the Etihad Stadium and can’t wait to play there again.”
Wicketkeeper Priest will bring a wealth of international experience to the Renegades having played 112 matches for New Zealand since 2007.
She is also a dynamic batter, having become the first woman to hit a T20 domestic hundred when she struck 106* from 74 balls against Otago in 2012-13.
“I’m anticipating that the first edition of the Women’s Big Bash League will be a pretty fierce competition and we’ll need to be focussed against other quality teams around us.” Priest said.
“I want to use my experience at international level to help the Renegades as much as I can across the board. We all want to win so we’ll be doing everything we can to make a big impact in the first year.”
Van Niekerk has represented South Africa in 50 one-day internationals and 47 T20s after making her debut as a 15-year-old at the 2009 World Cup.
She is an attacking top order player, currently opening the batting in the T20 format, and a very effective leg spinner, having captured 115 international wickets.
“I’m looking forward to heading to Australia at the end of the year to spend the summer with the Renegades,” Van Niekerk said.
“I know that Renegades members and fans have high expectations and we’ll be ready to make a charge in the first WBBL season.”
Renegades WBBL coach Lachlan Stevens said the signings were a boost for the club.
“It’s great to have 3 internationals, each with a unique set of skills. We want our players to be bold and back themselves in and Dane, Danni and Rachel are befitting of the Renegades style. We can’t wait to have them in Red,” Stevens said.
Melbourne Renegades play their inaugural WBBL match against the Hobart Hurricanes at Aurora Stadium, in Launceston, on December 11.