The Melbourne Stars has signed Gemma Triscari and Katie Mack for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) beginning on December 5.
The interstaters are the ninth and tenth players to sign with the Stars, joining captain Meg Lanning, Mignon du Preez, Kathleen Hempenstall, Emma Inglis, Emma Kearney and Anna Lanning, Morna Nielsen and Natalie Sciver.
Western Australia’s Triscari made her state debut in 2007-08 and has since played 56 Twenty20 matches for the Western Fury.
Bringing versatility to the Stars’ attack, the left-arm pace bowler was selected in the 2013 Women's Ashes squad and has also represented the Shooting Stars on several occasions.
A PE teacher by trade, Triscari said that she was excited to come to Melbourne over the school holiday period and hoped that the WBBL would encourage more girls to play cricket.
“The WBBL signifies another milestone in the development of women's cricket. The competition itself has created a lot of movement among players already and has also opened up the opportunity for more overseas players to come out and play,” Triscari said.
“I think the WBBL will play a pivotal role in showcasing a legitimate pathway for girls, should they wish to get involved in the sport.
“I've been a big fan of Melbourne for a long time and when the opportunity came up to relocate there for the summer I couldn't refuse.”
Right-hand bat and right-arm leg-spinner Mack has played 25 domestic T20 matches, accumulating 407 runs with her highest score being an unbeaten 71.
Before moving to the Meteors in 2013-14, Mack spent two years in New South Wales’ state program.
The 22-year-old, who studies Health Science, has also represented the Shooting Stars and in December last year, she scored her maiden one-day century, 106 from 131 balls, for ACT against Queensland.
This season, Mack already has 218 runs from five WNCL matches under her belt and is hoping to translate her one-day form into the T20 format.
“I’ve been working hard on my batting for T20, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops throughout the season,” Mack said.
“Learning from new coaches and playing with different players is really exciting.”
Melbourne Stars coach David Hemp said that both girls were welcome additions to the team.
“We’re really excited to have Gemma and Katie join the Stars,” Hemp said.
“Having seen them both play in the WNCL, I’m looking forward to working with the girls over the summer and believe that they will bring something unique to the side.”
The Melbourne Stars will open the WBBL tournament against the Brisbane Heat on December 5 at the Junction Oval.
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