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ICC’s No. 1 ranked T20I batter and New Zealand superstar Suzie Bates along with England Internationals Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt have been retained by Southern Vipers ahead of upcoming Women’s Cricket Super League.

An announcement made by ECB today put forward the allocations for the fourth year of the competition, and confirmed that England duo Beaumont and Wyatt will return to the Ageas Bowl for another season after joining the squad for the first time in 2018.

Tammy Beaumont boasts an excellent record in limited-overs cricket at international level, also impressed during her first year with the Vipers last summer, totalling 198 runs in seven matches, will return to the side. She said, “I’m really excited to be back with the Southern Vipers for another season. Although last year was disappointing, we learned lots and everyone is looking forward to getting back to winning ways this year.”

Her compatriot Danni Wyatt who has also been a key figure in England’s limited-over format, has also been retained ahead of the season. She scored 172 runs in nine matches in the previous season.

Having represented the side since the inaugural campaign and skippering the squad last year, Suzie Bates also re-joins the side once again as overseas player.

The all-rounder has also been a key contributor to the Vipers throughout the last three KSL campaigns, helping the Vipers to victory in the inaugural competition in 2016 before reaching a second consecutive final in 2017.

Bates scored 245 runs in 10 innings for the Vipers and also claimed 9 wickets in the last campaign. She said, “I’m so happy to be coming back to the Southern Vipers for my fourth season – it’s such a great place to play and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s success again this summer.”

Charlotte Edwards, Director of Women’s Cricket said, “We’re delighted to be welcoming Suzie, Tammy and Danni back to the Southern Vipers for KSL 2019. We’re so lucky to have world-class players of their calibre who bring so much to our squad. It’s such an exciting summer for the women’s game and we all can’t wait for it to start.”

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