Bhavi Devchand signs with Melbourne Stars
Bhavi Devchand signs with Melbourne Stars

The Stars, who only recently announced their new signing of England International duo Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver, have filled their squad for the season by signing our very own, Bhavi Devchand.

Meg Lanning has been named as the Melbourne Stars captain for the WBBL following her move back after her time with the Perth Scorchers.

Lanning, who is also the Australia National captain, previously captained the side in the first two seasons of the WBBL before heading across to the Scorchers.

"Bhavi Devchand has already had WBBL experience in Perth and gives us greater depth which will be important with the workload ahead."

"I'm looking forward to leading the Melbourne Stars again and building on the great work Elyse Villani has done," Lanning said. "It's a privilege to be captain and we're pretty happy with how our squad looks ahead of the tournament. More than anything, I'm really looking forward to getting back to playing cricket, firstly with Australia and then with Stars in WBBL."

"I think we're in a pretty good place. In recent seasons we've been able to make some competitive totals with the bat but have struggled to take key wickets and really break a game open," head coach Trent Woodhill said.

"We've made some changes for this season which I hope will start to make that difference at key points in matches. I'm delighted Meg has agreed to return to the captaincy, and I'd like thank Elyse for her leadership over the last 12 months - she has done a fantastic job."

Here's all the IN's & OUT's and where your team finished last season:

Brisbane Heat

Last season: Champions

Coach: Ashley Noffke

Squad: Maddy Green (NZ), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Jess Jonassen, Amelia Kerr (NZ), Delissa Kimmince, Nadine de Klerk (SA), Charli Knott, Lilly Mills, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll

In: Nichola Hancock (Stars), Nadine de Klerk, Georgia Redmayne, Georgia Voll
Out: Sammy-Jo Johnson (Thunder), Beth Mooney (Scorchers), Kirby Short (retired)

Adelaide Strikers

Last season: Runners-up

Coach: Luke Williams

Squad: Darcie Brown, Suzie Bates (NZ), Sarah Coyte, Ellie Falconer, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin, Tahlia McGrath, Annie O'Neil, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Alex Price, Megan Schutt, Laura Wolvaardt (SA)

In: Madeline Penna (Stars), Laura Wolvaardt
Out: Sophie Devine (Scorchers)

Melbourne Renegades

Last season: Semi-final

Coach: Lachlan Stevens

SquadMakinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Erin Fazackerley, Ella Hayward, Lizelle Lee (SA), Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux, Courtney Neale, Amy Satterthwaite (NZ), Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (NZ), Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb

In: Erin Fazackerly (Hobart Hurricanes), Ella Hayward, Lizelle Lee, Amy Satterthwaite
Out: Tammy Beaumont, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Danni Wyatt

Perth Scorchers

Last season: Semi-final

Coach: Shelley Nitschke

Squad: Nicole Bolton, Jemma Barsby, Piepa Cleary, Sophie Devine (NZ), Heather Graham, Emma King, Beth Mooney

In: Sophie Devine (Strikers), Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat)
Out: Meg Lanning (Stars)

Sydney Sixers

Last season: 5th

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Squad: Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner, Lisa Griffith, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp (SA), Ellyse Perry, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Dane van Niekerk (SA),

In: Angela Reakes, Lisa Griffith (Thunder)
Out: Lauren Smith (Thunder)

Sydney Thunder

Last season: 6th

Coach: Trevor Griffin

Squad: Sam Bates, Hannah Darlington, Rachael Haynes, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail (SA) Sammy-Jo Johnson, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Lauren Smith, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson

In: Sammy-Jo Johnson (Heat) Lauren Smith (Sixers)
Out: Lisa Griffith (Sixers), Rachel Priest (Hurricanes)

Hobart Hurricanes

Last season: 7th

Coach: Salliann Briggs

SquadNicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Brooke Hepburn, Corinne Hall, Sasha Moloney, Hayley Matthews (WI), Rachel Priest (NZ), Chloe Tryon (SA), Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck

In: Rachel Priest (Thunder)
Out: Erin Fazackerly (Renegades)

Melbourne Stars

Last season: 8th

Coach: Trent Woodhill

Squad: Katherine Brunt (Eng) Lucy Cripps, Sophie Day, Bhavi Devchand, Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Alana King, Meg Lanning, Erin Osborne, Mignon du Preez, Nat Sciver (Eng), Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani

In: Katherine Brunt, Bhavi Devchand (Scorchers) Meg Lanning (Scorchers), Nat Sciver
Out: Madeline Penna (Strikers)

Sophie Devine signs with Perth Scorchers
Sophie Devine signs with Perth Scorchers

Superstar New Zealand Sophie Devine will be part of the most formidable opening partnerships, as she joins Australia opener, Beth Mooney, at the Perth Scorchers for WBBL 06.

Finishing last summer as the WBBL Player of the Tournament ended, this also meant her five-year association with the Adelaide Strikers had come to an end. After some speculation, the Perth Scorchers moved to announce her as captain for the WBBL 06 season.

This also means that Perth Scorchers now have the two leading run-scorers from WBBL 05, with Sophie racking up 769 runs (including 29 sixes) at a strike rate of 130.33 for the Strikers while Beth collected 743 runs at 125.08 for the Brisbane Heat. Bowling stocks have also been bolstered as Devine collected 19 wickets with her right-arm pace. 

Both players are also currently the world's top-ranked T20I batter and allrounder respectively.

"It's a huge honour to be joining the Scorchers and leading the side this season, it's an exciting new challenge for me and the team as we build towards the WBBL finals," Devine said.

"When the opportunity to play for Perth came up it was a pretty hard one to turn down, the Scorchers have a great history in the WBBL and BBL and I'm really looking forward to joining such a successful club."

Perth Scorchers Women Squad

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