Lizelle Lee joins Hobart Hurricanes for WBBL08

Player of the Match Lizelle Lee of South Africa poses with her champagne © Getty Images

South Africa’s star batter Lizelle Lee joined Hobart Hurricanes ahead of the upcoming season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL|08) on Thursday (July 28). Lee is Hurricanes’ first international signing for the season.

The right-handed power-hitter announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on July 8. Her inclusion is going to help the Hurricanes immensely, who are yet to win a WBBL title.

The upcoming season will be the fifth for the 30-year-old South African. She previously played three seasons for the Melbourne Stars and one with their cross-town rivals, Melbourne Renegades (WBBL|06).

The attacking batter has featured in 53 WBBL matches thus far and has aggregated 1361 runs at an impressive strike rate of 124.86. She has two unbeaten WBBL centuries to her name as well.

Before announcing her retirement from international cricket, Lee had represented the Proteas in 82 T20Is, 100 ODIs, and two Test matches. She holds the record for scoring the most number of runs for the Proteas in T20Is – 1896 runs.

Lee expressed her jubilation at her signing and mentioned that she is really looking forward to the opportunity.

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“I’m super excited to be joining the Hurricanes for WBBL|08,” Lee said.

“Some people might know that I was originally meant to join the Hurricanes last year, but due to a combination of my family circumstances, international commitments and bubble fatigue, for the sake our my own and my family’s well being, I just couldn’t make it work.

“My good friend and South African teammate, Mignon [Du Preez], said she really enjoyed her time in the Hurricanes environment last season, so that, on top of the great conversations I’ve had with Sall (Salliann Beams) and the team, I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what it’s like for myself this year.”

Apart from Lee, the other contracted players who are set to represent Hurricanes in WBBL|08 are Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Emma Manix-Geeves, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman and Elyse Villani.