WBBL 2018-19: Smriti Mandhana signs for Hobart Hurricanes

The attacking opening batter had previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL season two.

Smriti Mandhana: "I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches."   -  PTI

India T20I vice-captain Smriti Mandhana has been roped in by the Hobart Hurricanes. The attacking opening batter had previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL season two.

Having posted her maiden international hundred in an ODI against Australia at Blundstone Arena in 2016 in Tasmania, Smriti said she is looking forward to showcasing her talent for the new team.

“I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.

Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs said she was delighted with her squad’s final signing.

“Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see her in purple, she’s an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”

Kaur extends association with Thunder

India T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her association with Sydney Thunder. Harmanpreet scored 296 runs for the Thunder at an average of 59.2 and a strike rate of 117 - the second-highest run-getter for the side - in the second season. She was adjudged the Thunder's Player of the Tournament.