Anesu Mushangwe, the first Zimbabwean to play in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), has re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers for a second season.
Mushangwe made a big impact in her debut season, taking a catch and a wicket in her only match, which helped the Strikers secure a win and a place in the finals.
Prior to moving to Australia, an extraordinary tale detailed by cricket.com.au, Mushangwe played 21 Twenty20 Internationals for Zimbabwe, taking 33 wickets at an outstanding economy of just 3.1.
The leg-spinner is looking forward to contributing to the Strikers’ title defense in WBBL|09.
“I really enjoyed my first season with the Strikers, it was amazing to become part of the group and win a championship,” Mushangwe said.
“I’m excited for next season and the opportunity to be involved in a match on Adelaide Oval for the first time.
“I learned a lot being involved in my first WBBL season and I can’t wait to put that in action.”
Strikers WBBL Assistant Coach Nicole Bolton said the side is delighted to have Mushangwe back.
“It only took one game to see Anesu’s character and ability last season and she is an important member of our squad,” Bolton said.
“Good spinners are vital in T20 cricket and we are looking forward to seeing what ‘Mushy’ can do this summer.”
Mushangwe’s re-signing comes after the Strikers welcomed two internationals to their list in the inaugural WBBL Draft – Laura Wolvaardt and Danielle Gibson.
The Strikers are looking to defend their title in WBBL|09 and Mushangwe’s re-signing is a major boost for their chances.