England bowler Danielle Hazell celebrates taking a wicket during the ICC Women's World Cup in 2017 match against South Africa in Bristol Picture: Stu Forster/Getty
England bowler Danielle Hazell celebrates taking a wicket during the ICC Women's World Cup in 2017 match against South Africa in Bristol Picture: Stu Forster/Getty

Spinner weaves her way into Strikers side

THE Adelaide Strikers have added significant bowling power for this summer's Women's Big Bash season, with the signing of English off-spinner Danielle Hazell.

Hazell, who has played 82 T20 internationals in English colours since debuting for her country in 2009, is currently ranked sixth in the ICC T20I world bowling rankings; the highest-ranked Englishwoman.

She said she was looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the light blue.

"I'm very grateful for this chance and I am looking forward to the challenge," she said.

"To play in a new environment and learn from different players is always exciting, and it's great to play with different spinners to see how they go about their game."

Strikers head coach Andrea McCauley said Hazell's inclusion would boost the side's spin stocks, alongside the likes of Australian contracted player and leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington and off-spinners Tabatha Saville and Alex Price.

"It's great to have another spinner - I really like spin as an option in the T20 game," McCauley said.

"Dani is very experienced and has always competed well against Australia.

"She's often been a thorn in the side of the Aussies so I felt like she could be a real weapon for us.

"She has a lot of international experience and has also captained England on occasion, so she is clearly held in high regard by England Cricket."

Hazell, 30, is no stranger to the WBBL. Two years ago, she replaced an injured Kristen Beams for the Melbourne Stars and took a handy nine wickets in six matches.

"I'm very excited to be involved (in the WBBL)," Hazell said.

"I had a little taste of it a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to a full season.

The right-arm off-spinner has represented England in three Tests, 53 ODIs and 82 T20Is, accumulating almost a decade of international experience.

The Yorkshire player was selected for last year's Ashes series and was included in the Trailblazers squad in May for the history-making Indian Premier League women's exhibition match and recently played with the Lancashire Thunder in the third edition of the Kia Super League in the UK.

The Adelaide Strikers will kick off their WBBL campaign on Sunday, December 2 when they take on the Brisbane Heat in Melbourne.



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