Mignon du Preez re-signs with Hobart Hurricanes for WBBL08

Mignon du Preez during WBBL07 © Getty Images

South Africa batter Mignon du Preez will return for another season with Hobart Hurricanes for the eighth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the club announced on Thursday (August 4).

Du Preez, who retired from Tests and ODIs, was the highest run-getter for Hurricanes and scored 414 runs at an average of 31.84 and a strike rate of 115.00.

“I can’t wait to return to Australia. I love Big Bash,” du Preez said. “It was a big decision for me to make the move to the Hurricanes last season, but I can honestly say I had such a great time both on and off the field.  I got to know a lot of the girls really well, and as we got to know each other better as a team, our cricket really improved too.

Although the Tasmania based side hasn’t had a great run in the WBBL, they will be hoping that under they can turn the the tide under the newly announced skipper Elyse Villani. The 33-year-old will play a key role if they were to do that. For her to do that, du Preez will have the company of fellow South African Lizelle Lee in the Hurricanes’ mix. Lee recently announced her international retirement under less than ideal circumstances.

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“We have a lot of the same team we had last year heading into WBBL|08, plus some pretty great additions too, and knowing first-hand what players of the quality of Junior (Elyse Villani) and Lizelle (Lee) can bring to a T20 team, I think that puts us in a pretty good position,” du Preez added.

Apart from these three big names, Hurricanes also have Australia internationals Nicola Carey, Heather Graham, and Molly Strano in their lineup. Rest of the squad will be signed ahead of the tournament that’s scheduled to start in October.

Hobart Hurricanes squad: Elyse Villani (c), Nicola Carey, Mignon du Preez, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Lizelle Lee, Emma Manix-Geeves, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman