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Taylor bolsters Thunder for WBBL|02

14 October 2016
Stafanie Taylor

Taylor will return to the Thunder for their title defence // Supplied

West Indies skipper returns to the Thunder for their Women's Big Bash League title defence

The Sydney Thunder have added another big name to their roster for the upcoming Women's Big Bash League season, confirming the return of West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor.

The inaugural WBBL champions will again field perhaps the strongest line-up on paper this summer, with Taylor boosting a squad that already features Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars vice-captain Alex Blackwell and India's deputy Harmanpreet Kaur.

Arguably the biggest signing of the lot is that of Taylor, who starred in the Thunder's victory last summer as well as the West Indies triumphant ICC World T20 campaign earlier this year.

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"It’s good to be back in the green, I enjoyed my first season, I had a good time (and) I think the competition was really good," the 25-year-old said.

"(Australia) is one of my favourite places to play. I think the competition is really competitive, playing with world-renowned players. It’s a good standard."

The signing of Kaur, the first Indian player to agree to terms with a BBL or WBBL franchise, was confirmed in July while Blackwell signed a new deal with the club last month.

Taylor says she's excited to work with the Australian star again.

"I love to get in Alex’s ear. I think she’s one of those players you can talk to, especially about captaincy as she’s been playing a long time," Taylor said.

"It’s good to be around someone like that, who is very positive. I really enjoyed my time with her."

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Taylor proved herself to be one of the best players in the game this year, finishing as the leading run-scorer in both the World T20 and the inaugural Women's Super League in England, where her Western Storm were beaten in the final.

She was also the leading wicket-taker in the Super League and the second most prolific bowler in the WT20 with her off-spin.

She was the sixth-highest run-scorer in the WBBL last summer with 372 runs from 16 matches and took 10 wickets at 24.

The Thunder begin their title defence against the Melbourne Stars on December 10.

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