HOW THE WOMEN'S BIG BASH LEAGUE WILL PLAY OUT...
BIG NAMES: World's No.1 ranked T20 batter Kiwi Suzie Bates will open for the Strikers, while they'll also have the No.2 ranked bowler in Megan Schutt. Enough said...
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Amanda-Jade Wellington was a surprise omission from Australia's T20 squads after she took 17 wickets in last year's WBBL. Can make the ball rip.
CHANCES: Big names plus the additions of Danielle Hazell and Sarah Coyte give them one of the strongest squads on paper. Should push for the title.
BIG NAMES: Big-hitting wicketkeeper-batter Beth Mooney and all-rounder Delissa Kimmince were both part of Australia's winning World Twenty20 team.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Grace Harris missed the majority of last summer through injury but arrives in form after whacking 162 off 114 balls and taking 5-18 in Queensland's last Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) game.
CHANCES: Lack the number of stars of other teams after missing last year's finals. Need their top order to fire.
BIG NAMES: Indian opener Smriti Mandhana hit 83 from 55 balls against Australia in the recent World T20, making her and England captain Heather Knight among the league's best recruits.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Young quick Erin Fazackerley sends them down quick from her 180cm frame, impressing coaches in the National Performance Squad during winter.
CHANCES: Have an improved squad to push for finals after finishing last in 2017/18 but depth might be an issue.
BIG NAMES: New Zealanders Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu still play internationals, while ex-Australia star Jess Duffin is in fine form with a century and double ton in Melbourne club cricket this summer.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Tayla Vlaeminck is considered by many to be the quickest in the league and debuted for Australia this summer.
CHANCES: Started as the lower-profile Melbourne team but the development of their young talent means their first finals showing should be a minimum.
BIG NAMES: South African opener Lizelle Lee showed signs of her best last season and can be one of the most powerful in the world when she gets going.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Annabel Sutherland made a name for herself when she took 4-20 as a 16-year-old against Adelaide last summer. Also handy with the bat.
CHANCES: Have a bit of ground to make up after missing last year's finals and could be a tough task ahead.
BIG NAMES: The WBBL's best batter Meg Lanning will play her first game for Perth with a competition-high average of 51.16 in her two years with the Stars.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Heather Graham is the leading run-scorer in the WNCL this season with 283 at an average of 70.75 and the second top wicket-taker with 10 at 15.90.
CHANCES: Lost Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt but there's no reason why they can't push for the title with Lanning and their juniors.
BIG NAMES: Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner headline their squad after all starring in Australia's World T20 win.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Left-arm quick Lauren Cheatle hasn't represented her country since early 2017 due to ongoing back injuries but she's fit again.
CHANCES: Favourites again with their plethora of stars and are well placed to push for a fourth-straight decider.
BIG NAMES: Indian superstar Harmanpreet Kaur didn't fire last summer but she's part of a top order that includes Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Naomi Stalenberg and Nicola Carey are both on the fringe of Australia's T20 side and can score at a rapid pace.
CHANCES: Should figure in finals based on their powerful batting line-up and a disciplined bowling attack.
WHAT: WBBL|04 Round One, Match One - Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers
WHEN: 10:40am - 1:40pm THIS Saturday 1 December (Tasmania AEDT Time)
WHERE: CitiPower Centre (Junction Oval), St Kilda, Melbourne
It's finally here and we are featuring in the very first clash of WBBL|04 against last season's Women's Grand Finalists the Perth Scorchers.
Watch our 'revamped' female Hurricanes under new Head Coach Salliann Briggs and Senior Assistant Coach Dan Marsh, with our new WBBL skipper Sasha Moloney for another big summer of elite level T20 women’s cricket.
Our travelling squad is as follows:
Sasha Moloney (C)
Brooke Hepburn (VC)
Hayley Matthews (OS)
Head Coach: Salliann Briggs
Senior Assistant Coach: Dan Marsh
Assistant Coach: Ben Rohrer
MATCH TELEVISED LIVE:
- Seven Network / Southern Cross TV
- Cricket Australia LIVE App
- WBBL Facebook shared to our Hurricanes Facebook Page.
It's time to show your 'Purple Pride' for #TasmaniasTeam