South Africa cricket star Laura Wolvaardt signs for Adelaide Strikers
The Adelaide Strikers have announced the signing of South Africa international Laura Wolvaardt ahead of the Women's Big Bash 2020/21 season.
The 21 year-old opening bat has joined from Brisbane Heat where she spent two seasons.
Wolvaardt was named the 2019/20 South African Cricketer of the Year for her efforts at the Women's T20 World Cup earlier this year and has earned 50 caps for her country.
On her signing, she said: "I am so excited to be joining the Strikers. They are an amazing cricket team and almost went all the way to win the tournament last year.
"I have been lucky enough to play at both the Adelaide Oval and the Karen Rolton Oval, and both are such beautiful cricket grounds and the city is wonderful too.
“I spent some time in Adelaide earlier this year for the World Cup. I am really excited to meet the team and to make some good memories on and off the field this year.”
Strikers head coach Luke Williams added: "We’re extremely pleased to have secured the signing of Laura who we think is an exceptional young talent and will fit into our group nicely.
“We were very impressed by her standout performances on the biggest stage of them all, the T20 World Cup, and we’re excited for what she will bring to the Strikers batting order, and her versatility in that order.”
The Women's Big Bash 2020/21 season is set to begin on October 17.