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The Perth Scorchers are excited to announce reigning rebel Women’s Big Bash League Player of the Tournament Sophie Devine as new team captain for the upcoming WBBL season.The star allrounder joins the Scorchers following an imposing WBBL|05 campaign with the Adelaide Strikers that saw her earn the right to the top honour, smashing 769 runs at an average of 76.90.
One of the most destructive hitters in the game, Devine whacked a record 29 sixes last season – the most in one season ever in both the Men’s and Women’s Big Bash Leagues.
She also did damage with the ball in hand, taking 19 wickets to steer Adelaide to their first final and earned her third successive Strikers’ Most Valuable Player award.
Devine led the White Ferns at the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup earlier this year and was recently named full-time captain having enjoyed a prolific 18 months at international level.
A purple patch leading into the World Cup saw the New Zealand superstar become the first player to hit six consecutive 50-plus scores in T20 Internationals, a run that included a blistering 105 from only 65 deliveries against South Africa.
Devine, who played for Western Australia in the Women’s National Cricket League last season, said she was excited about returning to Perth for the upcoming WBBL season.
“It’s a huge honour to be joining the Scorchers and leading the side this season, it’s an exciting new challenge for me and the team as we build towards the WBBL finals.
“When the opportunity to play for Perth came up it was a pretty hard one to turn down, the Scorchers have a great history in the WBBL and BBL and I’m really looking forward to joining such a successful club.
“I have spent some quality time in the WA set-up, which has really helped me further my game and I am looking forward to playing under Shelley, we have a great relationship and I have played a lot of cricket with her too over my years with the Strikers.”
Scorchers Women’s head coach Shelley Nitschke said;
“Sophie has proven herself as one of the best T20 players in the world, we are privileged to have her join the Perth Scorchers.
“A match-winner with both the bat and the ball, Sophie will be a great influence on the group as both a leader and role model.
“Sophie has been a dominant force in the WBBL since its inception and has over a decade of international experience, we’re excited about the leadership she will provide both on and off the field in her role as team captain.”