Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green re-sign with Brisbane Heat for WBBL06
New Zealand due of Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green have re-signed with defending champions Brisbane Heat ahead of the sixth season of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), it was announced on Wednesday (August 5).
Leg-spinning allrounder Kerr and middle order batter Green was part of the Heat side during their successful campaign in WBBL05. Kerr had a very good season with the ball and produced some cameos with the bat to help Heat retain the title. Green’s performance with the bat was crucial in the semi-final against Renegades.
Kerr scored 107 runs at a strike rate of 125.88 and took 14 wickets at an economy rate of 6.23. Green scored 309 runs including a top score of 56 from 33 balls and match-winning knock 46 in the semi-final.
Ashley Noffke, head coach of the Brisbane Heat welcomed the news of their re-signing and hoped they can continue from where they left in the last season.
“They fitted in really easily to the group off the field and played very consistently across the tournament,’’ he said.
“Maddy took on the role we gave her and showed her class and composure throughout, as well as providing another element to our leadership group. Amelia has enormous presence for a player so young and she thrived in the WBBL environment.”
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“I think both players got a lot out of the experience, and they were certainly key recruits for us when it came to finalising our list. Understandably we’re delighted to have them back again. Both players are determined to keep improving their individual games and we’re excited about providing them with the opportunity to do that.”
Noffke is hopeful that the restrictions that are in place owing to the COVID-19 pandemic won’t affect the participation of overseas stars and things will fall in place by the time tournament begins.
“Like a lot of things now, we have some plans in place but will need to be agile when it comes to finalizing things. New Zealand are due to be here playing Australia in September and October, so hopefully we can work things out around that,’’ Noffke added.
Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green will be part of New Zealand side when they travel to Australia for a scheduled ODI series in October.
Earlier, Heat announced Jess Jonassen as the captain and re-signed Australian allrounder Delissa Kimmince for the upcoming season.