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South African's Locked in for WBBL

24 October 2018

The WBBL Brisbane Heat will turn competitors into compatriots in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League in December with the announcement today that the club has signed South African internationals Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus.

The Proteas duo will face off against their future teammates in the Australian Women’s squad at the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup in the West Indies next month before putting aside national rivalries to link up at the Heat for WBBL|04.

Wolvaardt, 19, was South Africa’s ODI player of the year in 2018, with the top order batter returning for her second stint with the Heat after joining the club for the first half of the competition last year.

Luus, 22, is a leg-spinning allrounder who made her national debut as a teenager and has captained the Proteas at international level.

She has played 68 ODIs and 53 T20 Internationals, with a batting strike-rate of 108 in T20s, a bowling economy rate of 5.94 as well as 28 wickets.

The daughter of a cricket coach, she was steered into leg-spin bowl by former South African Test player Jacques Rudolph who also suggested she watch Shane Warne bowling on YouTube for further inspiration.

Currently in her first year of studying medicine, Wolvaardt will play in her first Women’s World T20 Cup where she will lock horns with Heat teammates Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen in the Australian Women’s line-up.

WBBL Heat coach Pete McGiffin said the club was pleased to welcome Laura Wolvaardt back as well as secure the signature of Sune Luus.

“I think Laura will benefit greatly from the experience she gained with us last season,’’ he said. “She probably didn’t get the runs she was hoping for but fitted in with the girls really well and did everything we asked of her.”

“We were pleased to see her produce some good ODI form for South Africa this year too and expect her to hit her straps once she gets here.”

“Sune is a very exciting prospect. She’s a clever bat who surprises with her power and I really like the way she questions the opposition with the ball. She’s got a lot of experience and will complement the playing group we have really nicely,” he said.

The Heat have three spots left to announce on their 15-player roster for WBBL|04 which gets underway on 2 December in Melbourne.

The WBBL Heat squad for this season so far announced is:

Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short.

Internationals: Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus (pron: Sue-nay Lease).