Fran Wilson and Chloe Tryon are the latest to become part of the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, having signed with Hobart Hurricanes for the fifth season of the tournament. Wilson is a promising middle-order batter who plays for England and Tryon is a hard-hitting batting allrounder from South Africa, who comes with a reputation of giving the ball a real whack. The duo will replace Smriti Mandhana and Hayley Mathews who were part of the club last year.
Wilson, who has played 14 T20Is and 27 ODIs for England, is coming off splendid performances for Western Storm in the Women’s Cricket Super League. The right-hander scored 298 runs in 11 matches at an average of 49.66 and a strike rate of 139.60 in the middle order. Aside from her exceptional performances with the bat, Wilson’s fielding too was a standout as Western Storm sealed their second WCSL title.
This will be Wilson’s second stint in the WBBL following her experience having played for Sydney Thunder in season three.
“It’s really exciting to have signed for the Hurricanes and to be playing a whole season in the WBBL,” said Wilson. “I want to make an impact in the competition and contribute to a successful Hurricanes season, I can’t wait to be apart of the team.”
“It will be great to join up again with Salliann Briggs, who has had a big impact on my career so far in England.”
Tryon, the other signing, has had a hard time of late, recovering from a knee injury due to which she had to skip the Women’s Cricket Super League (where she had signed for Yorkshire Diamonds) and South Africa’s ongoing tour of India. Having made her debut in 2010, Tryon has played 57 T20Is for South Africa so far and boasts of a strike rate of 138.27. Her ability to clear the boundary on a consistent basis at the back end of the innings is what sets her apart.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the WBBL and the group the Hurricanes have got this season, I’m really looking forward to testing myself in the high quality competition,” said Tryon.
Hurricanes kick off their season with a game against Melbourne Stars in Melbourne on October 19.