Lizelle Lee joins Hobart Hurricanes in WBBL

Former South Africa batter Lizelle Lee has signed with Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL for the upcoming season, joining her third different WBBL club in four seasons.

Lee retired from international cricket but stated she will continue to play in franchise tournaments and has been a sought-after player in the WBBL. She played three seasons with Melbourne Stars before moving to Melbourne Renegades for one season in 2020-21. After missing last season’s WBBL she has now signed with Hurricanes. Lee has a stellar WBBL record having scored 1361 runs at a strike rate of 124.86in 53 matches with two unbeaten centuries.

Lee said her long-time friend and former South African and Stars teammate Mignon du Preez was the catalyst for her move to Hurricanes along with conversations with Hurricanes coach Salliann Briggs.

“My good friend and South African teammate, Mignon, said she really enjoyed her time in the Hurricanes environment last season,” Lee said. “So that, on top of the great conversations I’ve had with Sall and the team, I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what it’s like for myself this year.

“Some people might know that I was originally meant to join the Hurricanes last year, but due to a combination of my family circumstances, international commitments and bubble fatigue, for the sake our my own and my family’s well-being, I just couldn’t make it work.”

Hobart Hurricanes WBBL squad: Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Lizelle Lee, Emma Manix-Geeves, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman, Elyse Villani

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