West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor re-signs for Adelaide Strikers ahead of WBBL06
West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor has once again committed herself to Adelaide Strikers for the Women’s Big Bash League 2020-21, the franchise confirmed on Wednesday (October 7). Her move thus rounds up the 15-member squad. Last year, the right-hander made just two appearances owing to international commitments and injury.
Taylor has been a part of WBBL since its inception in 2015, where she represented Sydney Thunder in the first four seasons playing 58 matches for them. Across her 60 WBBL matches the right-hander has scored 1074 runs at 26.20, while also taking 49 wickets and providing plenty of entertainment in the outfield.
The 29-year-old is a dangerous asset for any team and is currently the No. 1 ranked ODI batter, and No. 2 ranked ODI allrounder according to the ICC Player Rankings. She also completed 3000 T20I runs in the recently-concluded T20I series against England.
“I’m really pleased that I was able to return to the Strikers in a competition that has been so great for my career,” Taylor said in a statement. “The Strikers are a fantastic franchise and I can’t wait to get started this season.”
Speaking on the signing, head coach Luke Williams said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Stafanie back who proved to be such an exciting player in a short period last year. We feel that we have a really balanced, allround squad, and we all can’t wait for the season to be underway.”
Taylor is the third and final international for the Strikers, alongside captain Suzie Bates, and South African power hitter Laura Wolvaardt. The Strikers kick off their WBBL06 campaign on October 25 against the Hobart Hurricanes at Hurstville Oval.
The complete squad: Suzie Bates (NZ), Tahlia McGrath (AUS), Megan Schutt (AUS), Stafanie Taylor (WI), Laura Wolvaardt (SA), Darcie Brown, Sarah Coyte, Ellie Falconer, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Alex Price and Amanda-Jade Wellington.