Sydney Sixers on Tuesday signed the World No. 1 T20I bowler Sophie Ecclestone for season 8 of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Ecclestone has established herself as the world’s best T20I bowler with 78 wickets in 58 matches. She made her international debut against Pakistan as a 17-year-old in 2016.
“They play in my favourite colour – so that’s a great start,” Ecclestone said in an official statement released by Sydney Sixers.
“It’ll be nice not to have to bowl at them… it’s nice they’ll be on my team for once! I’m excited [by the thought of getting] to know them and to start training with them and play in the same team,” Ecclestone said.
Coach Charlotte Edwards was “delighted” to acquire Ecclestone’s infallible precision and tight economy rate. The 23-year-old from Cheshire in northwest England admitted she had reason to be tickled pink as well.
According to Edwards, Ecclestone was brought in to fill a void in the Sixers’ rotation.
“Sophie is the [world’s] leading T20 bowler – her record over the past few years speaks for itself – and we’re delighted to have her at the Sixers. In my opinion, we have recruited the best,” said Edwards.
Ecclestone’s performance in the 2019 World T20 Cup suggests she’ll be at ease bowling in Australia. She grabbed eight wickets in four matches at a fantastic economy rate of 3.23 runs per over throughout that competition.
The spin wizard expressed delight at the prospect of competing in a tournament that she long wished for.
Ecclestone is a big-hitting lower-order batter with the capacity to hit towering sixes in addition to her bowling prowess. She appreciates that coach Edwards would allow her to have fun with the willow throughout her time with the Sixers.
“It’s nice [Edwards] backs my batting and my bowling. Hopefully, I can contribute as an allrounder,” said Ecclestone.
Contracted Players: Ellyse Perry (C), Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Sophie Ecclestone, Ash Gardner, Ange Genford and Alyssa Healy.
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