England allrounder Danielle Wyatt says the young Melbourne Renegades squad is sure to produce plenty of excitement in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League season.
Wyatt, who was part of the England side which took on Australia during the women's Ashes earlier this year, is one of three internation recruits signed by the Renegades.
"I’m so excited to pull on the red of the Renegades and to play alongside some of the best players in the world,” Wyatt told Crocmedia.
"We’ve got Dane van Niekerk from South Africa, she’s one of the best allrounders in the world, and we’ve got Rachael Priest from New Zealand who is coming over to play for us so it’s going to be an amazing competition.
"I think we meet in early December and have a few functions and team bonding sessions.
"We’ve got a really young list and it’s going to be a very exciting squad this season."
Wyatt, who has played 33 one-day internationals and 59 Twenty20 matches for England, is already in Melbourne, enjoying a stint with the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit in the National Women’s Cricket League ahead of the WBBL season opener on December 5.
The talented allrounder scored 84 for VicSpirit in Brisbane during the opening round of the WNCL season earlier this month and is keen to show her skills in the new 20-over tournament.
Danielle Wyatt celebrates a wicket with Briana Binch // Getty Images
While heading down under means many of her international opponents are now teammates, Wyatt said it was an easy transition to make.
"At the start it was a bit weird, I came over at the start of 2011 and played with VicSpirit and now we are all really good friends.
"But when we take the pitch for our country we are enemies.
"I’ve got (Australian captain) Meg Lanning out a couple of times but as soon as we play for VicSpirit we are great friends.
"It’s awesome to play alongside a player like Meg Lanning."
Wyatt said the birth of the WBBL was further evidence of the rapid growth in the women’s game.
"The recent Ashes series we played in England had crowds of eight-to-10 thousand which is amazing, particularly for women’s cricket."