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Dynamic English batter Danni Wyatt will make her debut for the Brisbane Heat this summer as she returns to the Weber Women’s Big Bash League.

The right-handed top order bat has played 55 WBBL games, having previously turned out for the Melbourne Renegades in the opening five years of the competition, and will become the Heat’s third international recruit for WBBL|08 alongside New Zealand allrounder Amelia Kerr and Indian allrounder Pooja Vastrakar.

Wyatt ‘s signing completes the Heat squad for the coming season, with the WBBL underway in October.

Wyatt, 31, has amassed 132 T20 International appearances for England, as well as 96 One Day internationals, which saw her named in the cricket media’s Team of the tournament at the ICC Women’s World Cup won by Australia in New Zealand earlier this year.

She has scored six T20 hundreds in her career, including T20 International tons against India and Australia, as well notching up a pair of ODI centuries.

After playing for England in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, she is currently in action for the Southern Brave in The Hundred (Women’s) competition in the UK where a recent knock saw her hammer a match-winning 65 from 34 balls.

Heat coach Ashley Noffke said it was a massive bonus to be able to sign such a dynamic and experienced player.

“Danni is the complete package when it comes to accentuating the skills and strength of our squad,’’ he said.

“She’s been successful the world over, excelling with different teams and in different conditions and we’re so excited to have her joining the Heat.”

“She will complement the list that we have put together beautifully. Danni is skilful with her shot selection and smart with her game management and has the bonus of having enjoyed success in the WBBL previously when she was with the Renegades.”

Wyatt said she was excited to return to the WBBL after a few years break.

“I was fortunate to have a good time and enjoy my cricket previously in the WBBL, so it was great to field a call from the Heat about whether I was keen to come back to Australia,’’ she said.

“One of my last games in the WBBL was against the Heat (in 2019) when we chased down a big score to win to put us in with the chance to make the Finals.

“I played the next two games that got us into the decider but unfortunately, I missed the semi-final against them at Allan Border Field due to international commitments. That was the year they won the title for the second time, so I remember that season very well.”

“Having played a lot against Jess Jonassen and Amelia Kerr at international level over the past few seasons, including the Commonwealth Games just recently, I’m keen to catch up and enjoy what the season has to offer with the Heat,” she said.

Wyatt, who also bowls off-spin, completes the WBBL Heat’s 15-player list for the 2022-23 season.

The WBBL gets underway on Thursday 13 October when the Heat take on the Sydney Sixers at Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay.

Tickets to all WBBL Heat matches are available through Ticketek.com.au.

The Brisbane Heat Fan Day will make its return this Sunday, with the free event providing a lead-in to the Final of the men’s KFC T20 Max competition at Allan Border Field.

WBBL and BBL players will attend the morning event from 11am which will also feature T20 Blast games for kids and giveaways.

The decider of the T20 Max competition will get underway from 1pm. That event is also free.

2022-23 WBBL|08 Brisbane Heat Squad

Jess Jonassen (c)
Amelia Kerr (NZ)
Pooja Vastrakar (India)
Danni Wyatt (Eng)
Zoe Cooke
Nicola Hancock
Grace Harris
Laura Harris
Mikayla Hinkley
Ellie Johnston
Charli Knott
Grace Parsons (new)
Georgia Redmayne
Courtney Sippel
Georgia Voll

Heat memberships and public tickets are on sale now through Ticketek for the BBL and WBBL this summer.

All details can be found at brisbaneheat.com.au.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek

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