England-born Sophie Ecclestone has been drafted into Sydney Sixers for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League.
Sophie Ecclestone Joins Sydney Sixers
Ecclestone, who has never played in the WBBL before, joins the side coached by former England captain Charlotte Edwards, who expressed her delight at ‘recruiting the best.
“Sophie is the [world’s] leading T20 bowler – her record over the past few years speaks for itself – and we’re delighted to have her at the Sixers,” Edwards said. “In my opinion, we have recruited the best.
“She can bowl in all phases of the game; she has the ability to take wickets at crucial times, and she can minimise the run-scoring at all times. I know the WBBL is a competition Sophie wants to play in, and the fact she’s had lots of experience playing in Australia will hold her in good stead,” Edwards said.
In April 2022, she was bought by the Manchester Originals for the 2022 season of The Hundred.
“They play in my favourite colour – so that’s a great start,” Ecclestone said. “Obviously they have great players with the likes of [Alyssa] Healy, [Ellyse] Perry and [Ash] Gardner, so I’m really excited about going over and playing with them.
“It’ll be nice not to have to bowl at them… it’s nice they’ll be on my team for once! I’m excited [by the thought of getting] to know them and to start training with them and play in the same team,” she added
“It’s been a long time coming,” Ecclestone said of playing in the WBBL. “I’ve been meaning to go for a few years now. I’m so excited that, this year, it’s worked out well and I can get over there.I’ve seen a lot of it. A few of the England girls have been over in the past and they’ve loved the competition. I’ll hopefully enjoy myself!”