‘Smash Sisters’ re-sign with Adelaide Strikers

Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine for Strikers. ©Getty Images

Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, the self-dubbed ‘Smash Sisters’, have re-signed with Adelaide Strikers for the fifth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League, it was announced on Friday (July 5).

“We’re extremely happy to have Suzie and Soph back in Adelaide this year,” said Luke Williams, head coach of Adelaide. “They both bring exceptional personality, talent and leadership to our young group and we can’t wait to see them on the field again.”

“It’s a real treat for the fans too. We know the fans have really embraced both girls here and how much they enjoy watching them play. We really feel like we’re set for a big season ahead.”

Known for their big-hitting ability, Bates and Devine have formed a solid partnership at the top of the order for Adelaide, more often than not getting their team off to a rapid start.

Devine was a standout for the team last season, finishing with a total of 556 runs, behind only Ellyse Perry who smashed a record-breaking 777 runs in season four of the WBBL. The New Zealand allrounder’s tally included scores of 99 not out, 95 and 89. She also picked up 14 wickets, including her maiden T20 five-wicket haul.

Devine became the first player – of either gender– to score 1000 runs for the club, and currently boasts of a career total of 1405 runs in 50 WBBL matches.

Bates, who became part of the franchise only two years ago, after having spent the first two seasons with Perth Scorchers, has signed a two-year extension with Adelaide. She will be expected to lead the team once again.

A clever batter and reliable fielder, Bates finished in the top five run-getters in the previous edition with 421 runs under her belt. She has also registered a century (albeit in season three) for the franchise.

Adelaide Strikers begin their WBBL campaign on 19 October against Melbourne Renegades at home. This will be the first time the tournament is held as a standalone event.

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