The second edition of the Women's Big Bash League promises to be bigger and better than the first, with more games to be broadcast by Network Ten and more double headers played alongside the KFC Big Bash League.
With the schedule confirmed, clubs are now busy finalising their playing squads for the tournament beginning in December.
Quick single: Blockbuster weekend to launch WBBL|02
Expect to see plenty of signings between now and the first matches on December 10, with each club able to sign 15 players for WBBL|02.
Teams can sign up to five current or recent Southern Stars, or up to three overseas players in place of the equivalent number of Australian players. To qualify as an Australian player, they must have represented the Southern Stars between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2016.
As it stands, here are the squads for each club:
The Strikers have not revealed any signings for the upcoming summer just yet, but some big announcements are expected out of Adelaide soon.
Adelaide would be very keen to retain the services Southern Stars fast bowler Megan Schutt and fellow seamer Sarah Coyte, while retaining New Zealand star Sophie Devine is also likely to be high on their list of priorities.
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards has signed with the South Australia Scorpions for the 50-over WNCL season, so there's a strong possibility the world's leading runscorer in ODIs and T20s could also find a home at Adelaide Oval for the WBBL as well.
Out: Lauren Ebsary (Scorchers)
WBBL|01 squad: Samantha Betts, Sarah Coyte, Sophie Devine (OS), Stacy-Ann King (OS), Tahlia Mcgrath, Tegan McPharlin, Shelley Nitschke, Patterson, Hannah Perry, Alex Price, Megan Schutt, Sarah Taylor (OS), Amanda-Jade Wellington
No signings out of the Heat so far, so expect plenty of news in the lead-up to the season. Brisbane appear likely to retain the services of Southern Stars fast bowler Holly Ferling, but with Grace Harris and Beth Mooney now counting towards the Heat's quota of international players - having played more than 10 matches for Australia since their debuts in August 2015 and January 2016 respectively - expect to see some changes up north this summer.
Brisbane will be without Ash Barty, who has returned to tennis after her foray into cricket last summer.
Out: Ash Barty
WBBL|01 squad: Jemma Barsby, Ash Barty, Kate Cross (OS), Holly Ferling, Jodie Fields, Grace Harris, Laura Harris Courtney Hill, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Kirby Short, Megan White, Lauren Winfield (OS)
WBBL|01 semi-finalists Hobart have retained the bulk of their squad for the second edition of the tournament, with England captain Heather Knight returned to lead the Hurricanes.
BREAKING: Our #WBBL02 Squad!
Still 3 spots to fill including 2 Internationals
— HurricanesWBBL (@HurricanesWBBL) July 28, 2016
Georgia Redmayne the sole new face to date, while the Hurricanes have two international slots left to confirm – however there's little doubt they would be particularly keen to retain the services of young West Indies star Hayley Matthews this summer, after the teenager's match-winning performance against Australia in the World T20 final.
In: Georgia Redmayne
Retained: Julie Hunter, Veronica Pyke, Heather Knight (OS), Erin Burns, Corinne Hall, Emma Thompson, Brooke Hepburn, Katelyn Fryett, Meg Phillips, Sasha Moloney, Celeste Raack
Off-contract players: Hayley Matthews (OS), Amy Satterthwaite (OS), Emily Smith
No news out of the Renegades camp just yet, but expect to hear about plenty of player signings between now and the start of the season. Shabnim Ismail made a fleeting appearance last summer as a replacement for Rachel Priest but she made a huge impact and if the Renegades don't snap her up for the full season, someone will. Sophie Molineux is a star of the future, earning Australia A honours and a Victoria contract after her outstanding WBBL|01, and she's another player the 'Gades will be very eager to hang on to.
WBBL|01 squad: Briana Binch, Kris Britt, Cassie Brock, Nicola Hancock, Shabnim Ismail (OS), Erika Kershaw, Kirsty Lamb, Sophie Molineux, Rachel Priest (OS), Molly Strano, Jenny Taffs, Dane van Niekerk (OS), Danni Wyatt (OS)
The Melbourne Stars have won the race for the prized signature of former Australian batter Jess Cameron for the second season of the WBBL, while skipper Meg Lanning has re-signed.
The 26-year-old took an indefinite break from cricket last October and declared herself unavailable for national selection, also opting out of the inaugural WBBL with Perth Scorchers, but has decided to return to the state cricket scene this summer.
In: Jess Cameron
Retained: Kristen Beams Emma Kearney, Meg Lanning
Off-contract WBBL|01 players: Kelly Applebee, Lily Bardsley, Mignon du Preez (OS), Kath Hempenstall, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Alana King, Anna Lanning, Katie Mack, Morna Nielsen (OS), Natalie Sciver (OS), Gemma Triscari
The Scorchers have wasted no time confirming their biggest stars will return for WBBL|02, with skipper Nicole Bolton, fellow Southern Star Elyse Villani and New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates all signed.
Perth have also added the experience of former South Australia captain Lauren Ebsary to the mix, while Hockeyroo Mathilda Carmichael's foray into cricket will see her pad up in orange this summer.
In: Mathilda Carmichael, Lauren Ebsary (Strikers)
Out: Nicky Shaw, Jenny Wallace (both retired)
Retained: Megan Banting, Suzie Bates (OS), Emma Biss, Nicole Bolton, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Katie Hartshorn, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Elyse Villani
Off-contract WBBL|01 players: Katherine Brunt (OS), Deandra Dottin (OS), Charlotte Edwards (OS)
The Sixers have been quiet so far about their signings for WBBL|02, but they've had a busy preseason already, with a squad of players travelling to Dubai for a camp with the Sydney Thunder in June. It seems likely the WBBL|01 runners-up will hang on to their biggest local names in Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy this summer, while they'd also be eager to re-sign overseas stars Marizanne Kapp and Sara McGlashan, after both played major roles in the Sixers' success last summer.
WBBL|01 squad: Sarah Aley, Rhiannon Dick, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Sara Hungerford, Marizanne Kapp (OS), Emily Leys, Laura Marsh (OS), Sara McGlashan (OS), Ellyse Perry, Angela Reakes, Lauren Smith, Lisa Sthalekar, Kara Sutherland
The reigning champions have already struck one major blow ahead of WBBL|02, winning the prized signature of India vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet is the first Indian to play in the WBBL and will only strengthen the already impressive Thunder roster.
— Sydney Thunder WBBL (@ThunderWBBL) July 30, 2016
The Thunder have not confirmed any other signings for the upcoming season, but a host of their WBBL|01 representatives attended a training camp alongside the Sixers in Dubai in June, in a good sign they'll be hanging on to key members of their championship side. They'll also be keen to re-sign West Indies star Stafanie Taylor, who led her team to a World T20 title in April and has since starred in England's Super League.
In: Harmanpreet Kaur
WBBL|01 squad: Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Stef Daffara, Renee Farrell, Maisy Gibson, Rachael Haynes, Mikayla Hinkley, Claire Koski, Erin Osborne, Naomi Stalenberg, Stafanie Taylor (OS), Belinda Vakarewa