Taylor joins Sydney for Big Bash
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has become the latest Caribbean player to sign up for Australia's inaugural Women's Big Bash League, after Sydney Thunder announced Wednesday it has secured her services for the tournament which bowls off tomorrow.
The 24-year Taylor ranks among the elite batsmen in international women's cricket and also bowls penetrative off-spin, and is expected to immediately strengthen a Thunder side that already boasts the likes of Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes, Rene Farrell and Erin Osborne.
Taylor, who took over the captaincy of the West Indies side in September, said she was looking forward to contributing in all areas to Thunder's campaign.
"I know I'm going to be a huge asset to the team. The team is very strong, I am here to share my experience and hopefully have some good games," Taylor said.
"I know what I can do and I just hope that I have a good time. I'm a mixture of everything, I can be aggressive, but I'm more of a rotator. Whatever is needed at the time, I can produce."
Taylor averages 45 in one-day internationals and has already scored five centuries and 22 half-centuries. She is equally impressive in Twenty20s, averaging 36 with 17 half-centuries.
The Jamaican has already taken 108 ODI wickets at an average of 18 and an economy rate of three, while securing 56 wickets in T20s at an economy rate of five.
Thunder coach Joanne Broadbent said Taylor's inclusion would be an asset to her squad.
"She's a powerful hitter and she'll be a handy bowler for us as well," Broadbent said.