Strikers add Hazel and Saville
England spinner Danielle Hazell and local allrounder Tabatha Saville have both been included in the 13-player travelling squad for this weekend’s clashes against the Melbourne Renegades.
Hazell arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday evening after missing the Strikers’ opening match on Sunday due to ECB regulations that stipulate players must have seven days of rest following an international tour.
In WBBL|02, Hazell was a replacement player for the Melbourne Stars, taking nine wickets from six matches.
The 30-year-old off-spinner has represented England in three Test matches, 53 ODIs and 85 T20Is and was in good spirits before her first training session as a Striker on Thursday morning.
“Obviously I was involved with the Stars in (WBBL) 02 and it was obviously a short visit but it was really enjoyable and I think that the competition has gone from strength to strength and it’s only pushing women’s cricket forward,” Hazell said.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know other people (in the squad) and I’ve obviously seen the result from last weekend it was a really good start.”
Hazell is looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Megan Schutt, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, rather than against them.
“For me it’s about coming over here and learning about people’s skills and making sure I can keep improving my game and (learning) things that I can take back to England,” Hazell said.
Saville was unavailable for selection for game one due to hamstring soreness but has now been cleared.
Sunday’s match will be played at Eastern Oval in Ballarat, which is the first time that the rebel WBBL will be on display in the Victorian town.
Eliza Doddridge and Ellie Falconer have both been omitted from the travelling squad for this weekend.
13-player travelling squad
Suzie Bates (c)
Weekend fixture v Melbourne Renegades
Saturday 8 December, CitiPower Centre, Melbourne from 1:50pm ACDT
Sunday 9 December, Eastern Oval, Ballarat from 1:50pm ACDT