Women Big Bash League (WBBL) club Sydney Thunder have roped in England pacer Issy Wong ahead of the seventh edition of the tournament. They announced her signing on Tuesday.
The 19-year old is among the fastest bowlers among youngsters of England. She has been bagged by the team as a replacement for South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. Ismail has been ruled out of the entire seventh edition of the Women Big Bash League (WBBL) owing to a knee injury she suffered during the South Africa tour of the West Indies. The title defenders broke the news last week. She was the Player of the Match in last summer’s victorious WBBL Final.
“When you get such an opportunity you can’t say ‘no’ to it,” said the speedster, who is a member of the England national team’s training squad.
“This really is a great opportunity for me. I’m still very young, and to have this sort of exposure, and in such a respected league as the WBBL, is super-exciting.
“I’m grateful to Sydney Thunder for putting their faith in me and giving me this opportunity.”
Wong was a member of the England touring party that travelled to New Zealand last summer.
Thunder’s Head Coach Trevor Griffin said that her selection will tremendously boost the squad. “Issy is a quick bowler who wants to bowl fast,” said Griffin. “What I like about her is apart from the fact she wants to bowl fast; she always wants to make an impact on the game.
“That means she wants the ball, she can bowl at the different phases of the game, whether that’s the power play, the middle phase, or at the death. She can also come into bat and hit a long ball if that’s needed as well.”
Sydney Thunder WBBL Squad
Contracted for WBBL|07: Rachael Haynes (C), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Smriti Mandhana (IND), Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Deepti Sharma (IND), Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Issy Wong (ENG)