Angela Reakes has become the latest player to put pen to paper for the Sydney Sixers after it was announced today that she will don the magenta in WBBL|01.
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A proven strike bowler, the leg-spinner brings an exciting brand of cricket to a Sixers squad already boasting some of Australia’s best in Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar.
After spending five seasons with the New South Wales Breakers, Reakes relocated to the ACT ahead of the 2015/16 season in search of greater opportunities.
The prospect of taking the field with her former teammates excites the North Coast junior ahead of a landmark summer in Australian cricket.
“It’ll be really good. There’s a lot of experience within our team and I think that I can learn a lot from all the players within it,” said Reakes.
“It should be a really good season, there’s a lot of international experience coming to the competition, so really looking forward to it.”
Watching the success of the men’s side in the BBL had a massive bearing on the 24-year-old’s decision to join the Sixers.
“I guess seeing the male setup for so many years and how professional they are, and then seeing the coaching structure that they’ve got in place, it’s probably had a big influence on my decision.”
Similar to some of cricket’s greats, Reakes’ journey started in the backyard of her family’s property in Knockrow, on the North Coast of New South Wales.
“I did have my own cricket pitch and net – probably why I became a leg-spin bowler, because I had no one to bowl to me,” she laughed.
Sixers WBBL Coach Ben Sawyer said her all round ability is what excites him for the team.
“Ange is a very talented leg spinner,” he said.
“She is able to get considerable turn on the ball and is will make her an important weapon for us in this seasons WBBL. As a hard hitting lower order batter, Ange could also win us matches with the bat in hand, which makes her a valuable asset for the Sixers.”
Reakes skippered NSW at the U/15, U/17 and U/18 levels, and is hoping to bring her leadership skills to the fore in her stint at the Sixers.
With less than three weeks until the start of the WBBL tournament, the Sixers will announce the remaining members of their squad, including a number of internationals, in the next fortnight.
Sydney Sixers WBBL|01 Squad: Sarah Aley, Rhiannon Dick, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Sara Hungerford, Emily Leys, Ellyse Perry, Ange Reakes, Lauren Smith, Lisa Sthalekar, Kara Sutherland
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