The Hobart Hurricanes announced their first international signing for the WBBL|08 on Thursday afternoon. Big-hitting batter Lizelle Lee will represent the Canes’ in the upcoming season.
Lee is a native South African and has previously represented the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League. Playing 53 games in total she adds a vast amount of experience and skill to the Hobart line-up.
During her time in the WBBL, she has scored 1361 runs which includes a magnificent 207 boundaries. Out of these boundaries she hit the ball over the rope 53 times for a six. Her innings also include two well earned centuries.
The Hurricanes are looking forward to have her on the roster and ready to play. In WBBL|07, she was contracted but couldn’t make the trip over to Australia.
“I’m super excited to be joining the Hurricanes for WBBL|08,” Lee said.
“Some people might know that I was originally meant to join the Hurricanes last year, but due to a combination of my family circumstances, international commitments and bubble fatigue, for the sake our my own and my family’s well being, I just couldn’t make it work.”
Lee is no stranger to international level, playing in 82 Twenty20, 100 One-Dayers and two test matches for South Africa. During this time period she amassed 1896 runs in Twenty20 Internationals. This was followed by 3315 runs and an average of 36.52 in one-day internationals.
In July of this year, Lee announced her retirement from international cricket and instead focus on various domestic Twenty20 leagues.
Before her retirement she was named ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and helped create South Africa as one of the top teams in the world.
She didn’t come to the decision of joining Hobart lightly. Previously having Mignon Du Preez in their team, Lee decided it was time to take her skill to Tasmania.
Before the season begins she will be hoping to convince Du Preez in joining the team once again.
“My good friend and South African teammate, Mignon [Du Preez], said she really enjoyed her time in the Hurricanes environment last season, so that, on top of the great conversations I’ve had with Sall and the team,” the South African said.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what it’s like for myself this year,” Lee continued.
Current WBBL|08 Hobart Hurricanes Squad: Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Lizelle Lee, Ruth Johnston, Emma Manix-Geeves, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman, Elyse Villani
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