Who will win Women Big Bash League 2021
Women’s Big Bash League is Australia’s domestic T20 league featuring Women franchises. this is often the 7th edition of the WBBL, which was started in 2015-16. Currently, 8 teams participate within the league and therefore the varsity to win the WBBL was Sydney Thunder.
The WBBL league replaced the previous version Women’s Twenty20 Cup which was started in 2007-8 and had its last season in 2014-15.
The league is split into 8 teams, all representing a special Australian city, a bit like the Men’s Big Bash League. This league is sort of popular within the Women’s cricket world and positively more in Australia. Many international women cricketers are a part of the WBBL squads.
Women’s Big Bash League teams:
- Adelaide Strikers
- Southern Punjab
- Hobart Hurricanes
- Melbourne Renegades
- Melbourne Stars
- Perth Scorchers
- Sydney Sixers
- Sydney Thunder
The most successful teams from these 8 are Brisbane Heat, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder who have won two titles each. Among these three, Sixers is that the most successful team as they need been a neighborhood of 4 finals. Sydney Thunder are the reigning champions as they won the last edition of WBBL in 2020-2021.
Which Team will Win WBBL 2021
2020 result: Sixth
Captain: Suzie Bates
Overseas players: Dane Van Niekerk (RSA), Laura Wolvaardt (RSA)
Adelaide Strikers didn’t have a good season in their last WBBL outing as they stood sixth on the points table after finishing at the runner-up spot in the 2019 edition.
The absence of Sophie Devine was definitely felt.
Players who have been signed and re-signed in the Strikers – Katie Mack, Maddie Penna, Laura Wolvaardt, Sarah Coyte, Tahlia McGrath, Dané Van Niekerk, Annie O’Neil.
Adelaide Strikers Team Squad
Darcie Brown, Tahlia McGrath, Megan Schutt, Dane van Niekerk (SA), Laura Wolvaardt (SA), Jemma Barsby, Nell Bryson-Smith, Sarah Coyte, Meagan Dixon, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson, Maddie Penna, Annie O’Neil, Amanda-Jade Wellington
2020 result: Semi finalists
Captain: Jess Jonassen
Overseas players: Anneke Bosch (RSA), Nadine de Klerk (RSA), Poonam Yadav (India)
Brisbane Heat won two consecutive WBBL trophies and could almost win the 3rd one but were knocked out in the semi finals in the last season.
The franchise is certainly feeling the void left by Beth Mooney.
Skipper Jess Jonassen looked in good form last season, taking 17 wickets in 14 matches.
Players who have been signed and re-signed – Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk
Brisbane Heat Team Squad
Jess Jonassen (c), Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Poonam Yadav, Zoe Cooke, Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll
2020 result: Eighth
Captain: Rachel Priest
Overseas players: Mignon du Preez (RSA), Richa Ghosh (India), Rachel Priest (New Zealand)
Hobart Hurricanes used to perform well in the initial seasons but lost the form later on. They finished the last season at 8th position and need to buck up for the upcoming season.
Hurricanes have signed Indian wicketkeeper batsman Richa Ghosh for this season.
Skipper Rachel Priest scored 354 runs last season, including an amazing knock of 92 runs against Sydney Sixers.
Players signed and re-signed with the Hurricanes – Mignon du Preez, Rachel Trenaman, Nicola Carey, Sasha Moloney, Ruth Johnston, Angelina Genford, Richa Ghosh
Hobart Hurricanes Team Squad
Rachel Priest (c), Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck, Mignon du Preez (SA), Richa Ghosh (Ind), Angelina Genford, Maisy Gibson, Ruth Johnston, Sasha Moloney, Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Naomi Stalenberg, Belinda Vakarewa, Rachel Trenaman
2020 result: Seventh
Captain: Sophie Molineux
Overseas players: Evelyn Jones (England), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Jemimah Rodrigues (India)
Melbourne Renegades were semi-finalists in the 2019 season but their performance in the last season dropped down to the 7th position on the points table.
Renegades have added Indian Women T20I skipper and all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur to their squad along with Jemimah Rodrigues for this season and the team is looking forward to some match winning performances from them.
Former Aussie batsman Jess Duffin will also return this season.
Players signed and re-signed – Georgia Wareham, Carly Leeson, Ellie Falconer, Rhiann O’Donnell, Poppy Gardner, Eve Jones, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur.
Melbourne Renegades Team Squad
Sophie Molineux (c), Georgia Wareham, Eve Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Makinley Blows, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Ellen Falconer, Holly Ferling, Poppy Gardner, Ella Hayward, Carly Leeson, Rhiann O’Donnell, Courtney Webb
2020 Result: Runner-Up
Captain: Meg Lanning
Overseas players: Maia Bouchier (England), Kim Garth (Ireland), Linsey Smith (England)
Melbourne Stars has leveled up their performance from their 2019 season and finished the last season as the runner-up.
Skipper Meg Lanning was the 2nd highest scorer of the 2020 season with 493 runs at average of 41.08
Stars consist of a good line-up of the bowling attack with Kim Garth, Annabel Sutherland, Tess Flintotoff, Lucy Cripps.
Players signed and re-signed with the Stars – Kim Garth, Anna Lanning, Rhys McKenna, Georgia Gall, Maia Bouchier
Melbourne Stars Team Squad
Meg Lanning (c), Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier, Kim Garth, Linsey Smith, Lucy Cripps, Maddy Darke, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Anna Lanning, Rhys McKenna, Erin Osborne, Elyse Villani
2020 result: Semi-Finalists
Captain: Sophie Devine
Overseas players: Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Marizanne Kapp (RSA)
The Scorchers were the semi-finalists of the last season of WBBL.
With the likes of skipper Sophie Devine and star batsman of last season Beth Mooney, Scorchers look strong for this season.
Devine was in superb form last season scoring 460 runs with an average of 51.11, while Mooney was the highest run scorer of the 2020 season, with 551 runs at average of 55.10
Perth Scorchers Team Squad
Sophie Devine (c), Beth Mooney, Chamari Athapathu, Marizanne Kapp, Samantha Betts, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Ashley Day, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Lisa Griffith, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo
2020 Result: Fifth
Captain: Ellyse Perry
Overseas players: Shafali Verma (India), Radha Yadav (India)
Sydney Sixers have won the WBBL title two times but they finished the last season in the fifth place.
Indian opener Shafali Verma is added to the Sixers squad along with Radha Yadav.
On the other hand, Indian left-arm spinner Radha Yadav will add to the bowling attack for the Sixers.
Sydney Sixers Team Squad
Ellyse Perry (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Claire Moore
2020 result: Champions
Captain: Rachael Haynes
Overseas players: Smriti Mandhana (India), Deepti Sharma (India), Issy Wong (England)
Sydney Thunder emerged as the champions of the WBBL 2020 season.
For the upcoming season, the franchise has roped in Indian players Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma to replace Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight.
The England pacer Issy Wong also got the opportunity to play in her first WBBL this season with Thunder.
To replace Rachel Trenaman, Corianne Hall is added to the squad.
Sydney Thunder Team Squad
Rachael Haynes (c), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Issy Wong, Sam Bates, Hannah Darlington, Jessica Davidson, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson
WBBL 2021 Playoff Prediction
Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder are predicted to play the 1st semi-final.
For the 2nd semi-final, we are backing Sydney Sixers to play against Brisbane Heat.
The 7th edition of WBBL will kick-start on 14th October, 2021 and the final match will take place on 27th November, 2021. A total of 59 matches will take place out of which first 20 matches are scheduled to take place in Tasmania and the rest will be played in Australian venues.
The format will feature a round robin system of fixtures and 4 teams will qualify for the play-offs and further to the final.