The Hobart Hurricanes has finalised its WBBL|03 squad, with some returning stars and exciting new faces in the group.
Some big names have exited, with English captain Heather Knight forced to miss the tournament with a foot injury which requires a period of rest after the recently completed women’s Ashes series.
Knight, who captained the Hurricanes in WBBL|02, was also the team’s leading run scorer, hitting 334 runs in 14 matches.
The Hurricanes have also lost the second-highest run-scorer from last season’s campaign, with New Zealand batter Amy Satterthwaite opting to join the Melbourne Renegades.
The left-hander carved out 323 runs at an impressive average of 46.14 in WBBL|02.
The Hurricanes will also need to fill the loss of experience from its bowling attack, with former Australian player Julie Hunter retiring.
Hunter captured 13 wickets last summer for the Hurricanes and it will be up to some of the younger players in the squad to take her place. Erin Burns is the final player to have moved on from the squad.
But the Hurricanes have wasted no time in ensuring their top end talent remains on par with last summer.
Englishwoman Lauren Winfield has taken the place of Heather Knight, while Veda Krishnamurthy will be the first Indian woman to pull on the Hurricanes colours in the club’s history.
Winfield was part of England’s squad during the women’s Ashes, batting at the top of the order in a role likely to be replicated in the WBBL.
Krishnamurthy was part of India’s World Cup side which lost to England in the final of that tournament, but her highlight came against New Zealand where she produced a fine 70 from just 48 deliveries.
Local players Nicola Hancock (Melbourne Renegades) and Stefanie Daffara (Sydney Thunder) are the other new additions to the squad.
With Heather Knight missing the tournament, Corinne Hall has been confirmed as captain for WBBL|03.
Corinne Hall (C), Emma Thompson, Erin Fazackerley, Brooke Hepburn, Georgia Redmayne, Veronica Pyke, Katelyn Fryett, Celeste Raack, Sasha Moloney, Veda Krishnamurthy, Lauren Winfield, Meg Phillips, Nicola Hancock, Stefanie Daffara, Hayley Matthews
IN: Lauren Winfield, Veda Krishnamurthy, Nicola Hancock, Stefanie Daffara
OUT: Heather Knight, Amy Satterthwaite, Julie Hunter, Erin Burns