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White Ferns' Rachel Priest signs for Sydney Thunder in Women's Big Bash League

Sydney Thunder have secured their powerhouse three internationals for this summer's Women's Big Bash League, with Kiwi Rachel Priest joining Harmanpreet Kaur and Stefanie Taylor at the club.

Priest, who hit 222 runs at a strike-rate of almost 120 last summer, has played 68 T20s and 86 one-dayers for New Zealand.

The wicketkeeper-batter will join a dangerous top order in Indian superstar Kaur and West Indies captain Taylor, alongside Australia's vice-captain Rachael Haynes.

"Being part of such an exciting and professional tournament is always a privilege and to be back with the Thunder is exciting and hopefully we can go one better this year," Priest said.

"The values of this club really resonate with me and it is a very professional environment to be a part of.

"There is a super talented group of players here and I'm looking forward to seeing how far we can go in the competition this season."

Priest is the last signing on the 15-woman roster, which is largely unchanged from the group that reached last year's semi-finals before being knocked out by Perth.

They play Melbourne Renegades in their opening match on Sunday, in a game that will feature up to four players from Australia's World T20-winning squad.

Sydney Thunder WBBL Squad: Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes, Sam Bates, Stafanie Taylor, Lisa Griffith, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rachel Trenaman, Hannah Darlington, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Belinda Vakarewa, Saskia Horley, Maisy Gibson, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest.

Rachel Priest hits out for the White Ferns Source: Photosport


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