Tammy Beaumont returns to Sydney Thunder for WBBL08

Tammy Beaumont during WBBL06 © Getty Images

England opener Tammy Beaumont will return to have another stint with Sydney Thunder during the eighth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the club announced on Wednesday (September 14).

31-year-old Beaumont was part of the Thunder squad when they went on to win their second title in the competition during WBBL06. England skipper Heather Knight was also part of the Rachael Haynes led side as they went on to beat Melbourne Stars in the final.

“I’ve obviously got brilliant memories of 2020. Not only did we win the competition, but the group of girls I got to spend day-in, day-out with . . . I just thought the camaraderie and team spirit was excellent,” Beaumont said.

“They made me feel so welcome. But, I’m sure there won’t be quite as many pranks as there was in the Sydney hub with Heather Knight losing her mattress a couple of times! An amazing experience, such fond memories.”

Beaumont, who has represented England in 99 T20Is, feels she didn’t really perform the way she wanted and added that she will be taking up any job that Thunder management want her to do.

“Maybe (I) didn’t perform the way I wanted to personally, but in terms of the team perspective and representing the Sydney Thunder it was such a great experience,” she said.

“I’m very grateful to be back in the mix, and I’m happy to do anything the team needs at the time. We have a really good squad this year, so it’s just wherever I fit and wherever Rach (Rachael Haynes) and the management team think is best suited for me and the team.”

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Head coach Trevor Griffin lauded Beaumont for her contributions to thunder and she will add value not just as a batter, but also as one of the leaders.

“Tammy was part of our 2020 winning team. She has a wealth of international experience, and her vast bank of knowledge allows her to provide Rachael Haynes with some support out on the park,” Griffin said.

“She’s tremendous around the group, and I appreciate that Tammy is happy to share her knowledge with the players. Her recent experience with Welsh Fire in The Hundred will have only added to her leadership experience. It’s great for us to have Tammy back in Thunder’s colours, she offers the squad a lot.”

Sydney Thunder squad so far: Samantha Bates, Tammy Beaumont, Hannah Darlington, Jess Davidson, Rachael Haynes (c), Phoebe Litchfield, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson