Lizelle Lee targets consistency in WBBL06

Lizelle Lee hits a big shot. © Getty Images

Consistency is the prime focus for Melbourne Renegades’ South African import, Lizelle Lee, ahead of the sixth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) that kicks off on Sunday (October 25).

“I want to be as consistent as possible and also making sure I do whatever I can to help the team get over the line,” Lee was quoted as saying by Cricket South Africa.

Lee, who played for Melbourne Stars last season, was signed up by Melbourne Renegades for WBBL06. She could walk out to open with Renegades’ preferred opener, Australia’s Sophie Molineux.

“The Renegades have done very well over the past few years and it would be the cherry on top to make finals day and hopefully win. I have played here a few times before, so I am pretty confident that I will adapt quickly to the conditions.”

The overseas players landed in Adelaide in the first week of October, since when they were in a two-week quarantine in an apartment, before flying to Sydney earlier this week. Fitness was clearly Lee’s focus during that time.

“I actually enjoyed it (quarantine),” said the opener, who hit her second WBBL ton last season against Perth Scorchers.

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“We had a treadmill, a bike, weights, and a few other things in our rooms, so I was able to train without leaving my room. Food was brought to our door three times a day and I even had a balcony, so I had some fresh air when I needed it.”

“With two weeks of quarantine there wasn’t much time to train as a team but we managed to get two training sessions under our belts and that went well.”

Due to the COVID-19 protocols, a bio-secure hub is made at the Olympic Park in Sydney where the teams are based. Called the ‘Village’, the hub is set to witness 59 WBBL matches over the next 35 days, spread over five venues in Sydney.

“Everything is different this year with all the teams staying in two hotels and in the hub,” said Lee. “But the setup is really great. Cricket Australia did an amazing job in setting everything up and making sure there is enough to do outside of cricket.”

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After playing with fellow Protea Mignon du Preez at Stars for the last three years, the 28-year-old Lee is looking forward to now playing against her.

“A cricket game will always be a cricket game and it doesn’t matter for what team you play it stays the same. The team with the most runs wins and for that everyone has to chip in. It is different this year with everyone in the hub but that’s just an extra hurdle which we have to overcome and make sure we perform out on the pitch.”

“It will be the first time in three years that we play against and not with each other. I am really excited to see her play again this year. She’s done very well for them over the past few seasons,” she concluded.

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