Katie Mack signs with Adelaide Strikers

Katie Mack in action for the Melbourne Stars. ©Getty Images

Katie Mack, the former Melbourne Stars batter, has joined Adelaide Strikers for the fifth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia. The right-hander, who played 53 matches for the Stars across four seasons, is the club’s second highest run-getter with 846 runs to her name. She sits behind Meg Lanning, their former captain, who signed with Perth Scorchers a couple of years ago.

“I’ve always enjoyed the way the Strikers have played their cricket and run their environment,” the 25-year-old said “There seems to be good opportunity for me within the team and the colour of the uniform helps too! I’m also looking to experience the Adelaide city and get as much out of the first-class resources, coaches and players at the Strikers as I can.”

Mack is an opening batter for the Australian Capital Territory Meteors in the Women’s National Cricket League and has proven to be someone who can take the game on quite early whether in the top or middle order. Her aggressive intent carries over into the field too. She is one of the most dynamic and exciting fielders on the circuit.

“I’ve always prided myself on being athletic, consistent and hard-working – I think they’re qualities that any team can’t have too much of,” Mack said.

Mack’s inclusion to the Strikers squad is a massive boost for the franchise and the 25-year-old is keen to use the opportunity to learn from the likes of Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine through the course of the season. While the atmosphere and the group will be new to her, Mack is looking forward to joining up with the squad soon.

“I’ve only played alongside a few of the girls, so it will be a fairly new situation for me,” she said. “I am pretty excited to get the chance to bat alongside (Sophie) Devine and (Suzie) Bates.”

Luke Williams, head coach of Adelaide Strikers, believes Mack’s will play a vital role with both bat and in the field through the course of the season.

“We’re delighted to have secured Katie’s services this season,” Williams said. “Katie is a really experienced player at WBBL level and has had some success batting in a number of different positions for the Melbourne Stars previously. We feel she can add a lot to our batting and fielding this season and we look forward to her joining us in October.”

The Adelaide Strikers Kick off their WBBL campaign at Karen Rolton Oval on 19 October.