Laura Wolvaardt to continue with Adelaide Strikers in WBBL07

Laura Wolvaardt in action for Adelaide Strikers. © Getty Images

Laura Wolvaardt will play for Adelaide Strikers in the seventh season of the Women’s Big Bash League, the club announced on Tuesday (September 14). It will be Wolvaardt second successive year with the Strikers.

“I’m so excited to be returning to the Strikers. I loved every second of the Big Bash last year,” said Wolvaardt.

“The tournament is fantastic to be a part of and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. It’s such a great group of girls and I felt like I learned so much from the coaches last season. I can’t wait to start!”

The South African batter topped the run charts for Strikers in WBBL06, amassing 347 runs at a strike rate around 105. She hit two fifties in the season, including a 68 off 50 balls against Melbourne Stars, that ran them close.

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Wolvaardt is going through a purple patch with the bat, having had a strike rate of over 229 in the three T20Is between South Africa and West Indies. She also played a couple of destructive knocks for Northern Superchargers in the inaugural season of The Hundred Women’s Competition. Wolvaardt was adjudged Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2020 by Cricket South Africa.

“We are thrilled that Laura will be back in Adelaide this season, she is someone that adds immeasurable quality to our team both on and off the field,” said Kate Harkness, General Manager of Strikers.

“Laura is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, and to have so much experience at such a young age is an incredible achievement. We can’t wait to welcome Laura back into the group.”

Last week, the Strikers locked Katie Mack and Madeline Penna for the upcoming season of the competition.

Squad so far: Katie Mack, Madeline Penna, Darcie Brown, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Laura Wolvaardt