Sydney Thunder has completed its playing roster ahead of the opening weekend of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League with the signing of New Zealand International Rachel Priest for a further year.
Priest joined the Thunder ahead of WBBL|03 scoring 264-runs across 15 matches including 11 dismissals behind the stumps.
“Being part of such and exciting and professional tournament is always a privilege and to be back with the Thunder is exciting and hopefully we can go one better this year,” said Rachel Priest
“The values of this club really resonate with me and it is a very professional environment to be a part of.
“There is a super talented group of players here and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go in the competition this season.”
Wicketkeeper-batter Priest has over 10 years of international experience playing for the New Zealand White Ferns including 86 ODI’s and 68 T20I’s.
Priest is one of three International signings for the Thunder alongside West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon is excited to see Priest back in action for the Thunder.
“Rachel is an experienced international player who provides power with her batting and consistency with her keeping.,” said Lee Germon
“She is a leader who contributed significantly to our squad last season and I’m pleased to welcome her back to the Thunder Nation.”
Sydney Thunder open their WBBL|04 campaign this weekend against the Melbourne Renegades on Sunday December 2 at CitiPower Centre, Melbourne.
The match will be broadcast on the seven network and through the CA Live app with live radio coverage via ABC Grandstand.
Sydney Thunder WBBL Squad Information
In: Saskia Horley (Sydney Sixers academy)
Out: Hannah Trethewy (released)
Internationals: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Harmanpreet Kaur (India) and Rachel Priest (New Zealand)
General Manager: Lee Germon
Head Coach: Jo Broadbent
Assistant Coach: Dom Thornley
Support Coaches: Trevor Griffin, Mark McInnes
WBBL|04 Squad: Alex Blackwell (c), Rachael Haynes, Sam Bates, Stafanie Taylor, Lisa Griffith, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rachel Trenaman, Hannah Darlington, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Belinda Vakarewa, Saskia Horley, Maisy Gibson, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest