18/04/2024

Stella Campbell is ready to take WBBL|07 by storm after her recent international experience (Photo - Cricket Australia).

Stella Campbell's recent international debut leaves her confident ahead of her Sydney Sixers' WBBL|07 campaign begins on Thursday.

Following her international debut for the Southern Stars, which included an ODI debut and a baggy green cap, Stella Campbell is raring to lead the Sydney Sixers to another WBBL title.

With WBBL|07 kicking off on Thursday night for the Sixers, Campbell felt in full form after her recent stint with the Australian national squad.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind few weeks but I’m so pumped for the WBBL, I’ve been looking forward to it all year,” Campbell said after linking up with her Sixers teammates in Hobart.

“I think my confidence in my own ability has really grown in the last 12 months.”

“I’ve obviously experienced more cricket but I’m more confident out there, I’m aggressive and looking to attack, so I’m feeling really good.”

Campbell didn’t disappoint at international level, debuting in the third ODI of the Multi-Format series where she snared 1/41 off her nine overs. She then received the honour of being awarded a baggy green cap for the test match, where her figures of 2/47 off 14 overs in the first innings proved her ability to trouble even the world’s best batters.

The 19-year-old fast bowler may not be able to terrorise opposition attacks at the Sixers’ familiar North Sydney Oval during the tournament, with the competition relocated to Tasmania. Yet Campbell is still optimistic that her role as an aggressor will be able to translate to the likes of Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

“It’s a shame we can’t get to North Sydney Oval because we love playing there, but fortunately enough all of the games are televised this season so that allows the fans at home to stay tuned and keep following us,” she said.

“I’ve normally been the attacking bowler who runs in and hits a length and disturbs the comfort of the batters, so that’ll probably be my role again this season.”

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Having missed the finals in the past two WBBL seasons, the two-time champions have added new faces to the squad in the hope of revitalising their WBBL|07 campaign.

The highlights are the Indian pair of young Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav, who bring plenty of firepower and talent to the Sixers’ roster. Verma is expected to fill an incredible top four with Southern Stars’ Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner, while Yadav’s left-arm spin is a valuable asset to their bowling stocks alongside the likes of Campbell.

“We’ve got some firepower there in Shafali Verma so that’s going to be really exciting, but we were pumped to get the two signings, we think they’re going to be really good additions to our squad,” Campbell said.

“We’ve got a fair few new signings this year so I think some fresh faces into our squad always livens things up a bit.”

Despite dropping out of the finals in the past two seasons, Campbell and her Sixers teammates are confident that they can return to their dominant best and challenge for a third WBBL title.

“I think all of the girls are really determined, we want to go all the way this year,” she said.

“All of us want to make a mark on the competition, so we’re ready for the challenge.”

The Sixers’ season starts on Thursday night when they take on Meg Lanning’s Melbourne Stars at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

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