Nadine de Klerk keen to come up with different perspectives of her game in WBBL

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Nadine de Klerk is excited to feature in this year’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and has said that it would help add a different dimension to her game-play. The Protea allrounder was signed up by Brisbane Heat earlier in the week.

“I'm very excited to be part of such an amazing opportunity to go play in the WBBL and it's really a dream come true for me,” de Klerk was quoted saying by Cricket South Africa.

“I definitely think it's one of the best tournaments and I'm excited to play against some of the best in the world and also alongside legends of the game. It's a great step in the right direction for me in my career and I will definitely benefit playing along experienced players and to play against some of my own teammates will be a good battle.”

“It can only be good for my cricket and I think to work with different people might also help me, they might just see things differently or come with a different perspective that might work in my favour.”

The seam-bowling allrounder has played 20 T20Is for South Africa, the last of which came in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year. She returned with figures of 3/19, which had pegged the hosts back.

“I think conditions will be good as it always is on Australian soil and I'm excited to play there,” said de Klerk, who filled in for an injured Marizanne Kapp in that match.

“I've worked really hard on all aspects of my game and just tried to be the best I possibly can. Confidence is a massive part of the game and more recently I've changed the way I think about the game. With the right mindset things started falling into place for me and I'm just really happy that I can contribute to my team in any way they need me to.”

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As many as eight South Africans are set to feature in WBBL 06. Apart from de Klerk, Mignon du Preez (Melbourne Stars), Shabnim Ismail (Sydney Thunder), Marizanne Kapp (Sydney Sixers), Lizelle Lee (Melbourne Renegades), Chloe Tryon (Hobart Hurricanes), Dané van Niekerk (Sydney Sixers) and Laura Wolvaardt (Adelaide Strikers) are the others. The young de Klerk can’t wait to play against her team-mates.

“I think playing against my teammates will be a challenge, they are obviously world-class players with a lot of experience,” she said.

“But I think it will be a great contest. We are a quality side; we don't always perform as well as we can but we are definitely one of the better teams on paper and if you look at the number of players at the Big Bash it just shows the depth and quality we have in the squad.”

This will be the first cricket games for these players as their proposed tour to England was cancelled due to the rise in the COVID-19 cases in South Africa.

“I'm very eager to get back on the park and there’s no better tournament to do that than the WBBL. I’m very excited to join up with the team and can't wait to get some competitive cricket under the belt,” she concluded.