Women’s Big Bash League set to commence

Australia pace bowler Holly Ferling will be in action for Brisbane Heat on the opening day

The inaugural Women’s Big Bash League gets beneath way in Australia on Saturday – with nine existing England players signed up by the eight franchises.

The WBBL, a Twenty20 tournament, will run until the final on 24 January.

It starts with a double-header in Melbourne’s Junction Oval as Brisbane Heat, with England’s Lauren Winfield and Kate Cross, take on Melbourne Stars whose squad includes Natalie Sciver.

It is played in parallel with the men’s Large Bash which starts on 17 December.

Eight of the 59 WBBL games will be shown on Australian free of charge-to-air television, with several games grouped about weekends with totally free entry for spectators.

England vice-captain Heather Knight was named as Hobart Hurricanes skipper