Sydney Thunder star and World T20 Champion Rachael Haynes is back from the West Indies and looking forward to the opening round of WBBL|04 this weekend.
“WBBL is such a great tournament to be part of as a player so I think everyone’s looking forward to opening round this weekend and getting back out there on home soil,” said Haynes.
Opportunities with the bat were limited for Haynes at the World T20 but the Australian vice-captain made the most of her chances. An unbeaten 25 from 15 deliveries in the semi-final lifted her team to 5-142, a target that proved more than enough in a 71-run victory.
“Batting in the middle order you don’t always get an opportunity but when you do get a chance, you’ve got to make the most of it so it was pleasing that I was able to do that over in the Caribbean.
"You get a little bit of an insight into what is and isn't working so I think it enables you to be nice and clear when you go out there on what you want to do and I was fortunate that it came off at various stages throughout the tournament.
“It was just a really great event to be part of, being the first standalone women’s World T20. For our team to play the way we did and to be able to stand on that stage at the end with the trophy was very special.”
Thunder have retained the bulk of their squad after making the semi-finals last season. There’s just one new addition to the team, teenage all-rounder Saskia Horley. Haynes said the group is looking to improve on last year’s result and win the tournament.
“We’re a pretty competitive bunch and we felt like we just slipped up in that last game of the series after what was a pretty heavy schedule towards the back end of the season.
“We’ve got a consistent squad and we know that we’re capable of producing in big games and playing some really good cricket so this year our ambition is no different. We definitely want to win the competition and we’ll be looking to kick off on a positive note this weekend.”
When Thunder open their WBBL|04 campaign this weekend against Melbourne Renegades, Haynes will come up against her Southern Stars teammates Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham and Tayla Vlaeminck.
“After we won the final there was a little bit of banter going around. Everyone obviously wants each other to have some success and do well. Although there’s that healthy rivalry, everyone sort of also keeps an eye on each other and hopes for the best for them.”
Thunder vs Renegades will be broadcast live on 7mate and Fox Cricket from 1:30pm AEDT on Sunday 2 December and through the Cricket Australia Live App with radio coverage via ABC Grandstand.
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