Perth Scorchers have added a veteran New Zealand international to their squad ahead of the 2022-23 WBBL season. Maddy Green will help add extra skill with the ball and power with the bat to the Scorchers batting line-up.
Making her debut for the White Ferns as a teenager in 2012, Maddy Green has gone onto become one of the best all-rounders in the world. Known more for her batting skill, she first gained worldwide attention after her 62-ball century against Ireland in 2018.
Maddy Green has represented the White Ferns a remarkable 113 times, 61 times in Twenty20 Internationals and 52 in One Day Internationals. Each time she has been able to produce exhilarating performances either with the bat, ball or in the field.
This upcoming season she will accompany fellow New Zealander teammate Sophie Devine in the orange shirt. Green and Devine have been teammates for ten years since Green’s debut in 2012. Both will be hoping their team chemistry goes a long way in helping Perth win back-to-back titles.
“I know Sophie loves her time over in Perth and was super excited about what the group achieved last year,” Green said.
“Obviously the Scorchers won the last WBBL title and are a really good side, so when Shelley reached out to me, I was certainly keen to jump on board and play alongside some brilliant players.”
This is not the first time Green has seen action in the WBBL, having previously represented the Brisbane Heat for two seasons from 2019-21. In her time at the Heat she went on to average 17.52 with a high score of 56 runs.
“As a cricketer, you want to be part of those competitions and to play against the best in the world, especially leading into the T20 World Cup early next year in South Africa,” she said.
“I loved playing in the WBBL in the past, in my opinion, it’s the best T20 league in the world.”
She will be hoping to rekindle her form from WBBL 05 after a disappointing WBBL 06. In her first season she was able to score 309 runs in 15 innings with a 20.60 average.
Unfortunately in the next season she was only able to register 129 runs and an average of 12.90. Always batting aggressively, she needs to try and consolidate an innings.
“I like to play aggressively and hit down the ground, and I enjoy taking the game on,” Green said.
Green started as a No.3 for New Zealand but has transitioned into more of a middle order batter. Domestically, she is known for being an opening batter. Coach Nitschke will have plenty of options and needs to make sure she puts Green in the right batting position.
Personally, Green doesn’t mind what number she bats, as long as she helps Perth walk away with the win.
“I’ve had different experiences batting around the order. I opened the batting quite a bit at Brisbane with Beth Mooney, and I’ve batted down the order at four and five for New Zealand in the last couple of years,” she said.
“We’ll see what my role is in the side and I’ll adapt to that, and try to help Perth win as many games as possible.”
Green becomes the seventh contracted player for the Perth Scorchers as the WBBL 08 approaches. Scorchers head coach Shelley Nitschke had some great words to say about her new arrival.
“Maddy has plenty of international experience, and I think she has a lot to offer playing that middle-order role,” Nitschke said.
“She’s a fantastic fielder and a great person, so I reckon she’ll fit in really well and offer us nice versatility. I also expect she’ll be an excellent mentor for our younger players.”
Current Perth Scorchers WBBL 08 Squad:
Mathilda Carmichael, Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Green, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney, Chloe Piparo
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