Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver to play for Melbourne Stars in WBBL06

Natalie Sciver (L) and Katherine Brunt during the T20 World Cup 2020. © Getty Images

England’s duo of Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt have been signed up by Melbourne Stars to play the sixth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the club announced on Thursday (September 17). While Sciver played for Stars in the first two seasons before moving to Perth Scorchers, Brunt played the first three seasons for Scorchers, before a two-year hiatus.

“In Nat and Katherine we’ve got two of England’s most successful cricketers who have been part of the WBBL since the tournament began,” said a delighted Trent Woodhill, the head coach of Stars.

“We’re pleased to have Nat coming back into green again after a couple of seasons in Perth and Katherine’s experience and bowling pedigree need no introduction. It really enhances what is already a good team coming together.”

Brunt played 44 matches for Scorchers and has 49 wickets in the tournament. She returned with 23 wickets in WBBL03, joint-most with Sarah Aley in that edition.

“I’m pleased to have signed for the Stars. It’s a big club and has made some good signings this off-season which should hold us well for the season ahead,” said the 35-year-old.

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“After playing against a number of these players a lot over the course of my career, I’m looking forward to being on the same side this season.”

Sciver, on the other hand, had a fruitful WBBL05, scoring 342 runs and picking up six wickets that helped Scorchers reach the title-clash, departing for national duty before the final. She follows her then skipper, Meg Lanning, who also made the move to Stars for this season.

Stars, thus, have what looks like a formidable line-up with the presence of Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani, Holly Ferling and Tess Flintoff, apart from Lanning, Brunt and Sciver.

Squad so far: Meg Lanning, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Lucy Cripps, Alana King, Holly Ferling, Erin Osborne, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum