Kate Cross, Amy Jones will play for Perth Scorchers in the upcoming WBBL

Amy Jones. ©ICC
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Perth Scorchers have finalised their squad for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), with the signing of England players Kate Cross and Amy Jones. As England and Wales Cricket Board has decided not to release former Perth Scorchers’ Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver, fast bowler Cross and wicketkeeper-batter Jones come into their places in the squad.

Cross-Jones have played for West Australia as well in their last season. 27-year-old Cross shared her excitement also. “I’ve always loved my time playing cricket in this beautiful city, and I’m very excited to be pulling on the orange shirt for WBBL|04.”

“Lisa Keightley reached out to me and asked would I be interested in playing Big Bash this summer, it was an easy question to answer I said yes straight away. To be playing alongside the likes of Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton is so exciting. I’m going to enjoy not bowling against Meg as an opposition bowler this time round, I’ve been on the receiving end of some of her big knocks before.”

Head Coach of Scorchers, Lisa Keightley said signing Jones and Cross will play an important part for her young players. “Crossy and Jonesy are both quality players and I know they will relish the opportunity to play in the Big Bash,” she told.

“They’ve both been in England set up, Amy is currently playing at the World T20 in the West Indies, and we saw how damaging she was for us with the gloves during the last Women’s National Cricket League campaign.”

Hayleigh Brennan, the young Victorian fast bowler is the final signing for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League; who played for the Melbourne Stars in previous seasons. “Hayleigh is a talented seamer who has the potential to be damaging with the new ball,” Keightley said.

“With Brunt and Sciver not being able to return, we knew we needed some cover in the bowling ranks, so I am excited to see if Hayleigh takes her opportunity with the Scorchers.”

The Scorchers campaign will begin on Saturday, 1st December, against the Hobart Hurricanes at Junction Oval, Melbourne.

Squad:
Meg Lanning (c), Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Hayleigh Brennan, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Kate Cross (OS), Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Amy Jones (OS), Emma King, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith, Elyse Villani

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