22-year-old Bouchier, who made her international debut against New Zealand in the recently concluded T20I series, has also represented Southern Brave in the inaugural season of The Hundred. Currently, she is also playing for defending champions Southern Vipers in the second edition of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy.
“I’ve watched the WBBL over recent seasons from the UK and we know what a quality tournament it is to be a part of,” Bouchier said. “I’m really excited to make my debut in the competition and I’d like to thank the Melbourne Stars for the opportunity to be involved. The Stars have some fantastic players and I know how close they went to winning the title last year, so hopefully I can make a contribution to a successful season."
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During The Hundred, Bouchier played nine matches for Southern Brave and averaged 30 with the bat. She was impressive on her T20I debut as she scored 25 runs off 24 balls to take England to a competitive total in the second T20I.
Stars coach Jarrad Loughman welcomed Bouchier’s signing as he believes Bouchier will add to the depth of the Stars squad. “Maia will be an important part of our squad this season and gives us added depth in our strong batting lineup,” he said. “
"She had a good tournament at The Hundred, and it was great to see her rewarded with her England selection. Maia’s was a name we had as one to watch, and we look forward to seeing what she can do in green this season."
Melbourne Stars Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Anna Lanning, Georgia Gall, Rhys McKenna, Erin Osborne, Maia Bouchier