They might not be the first name picked in the starting XI each week.
But they are players with plenty of potential that can cause trouble for opposition teams.
Ahead of the opening weekend of the Women’s Big Bash League, foxsports.com.au looks at each teams potential big improver ahead of another huge tournament.
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Tabatha Saville — The 20-year-old played an important middle order role for the Strikers throughout WBBL|03 and is set for more time in the spotlight this season. Saville was the matchwinner in their victory over the Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval last summer, hitting a boundary over point on the final ball to seal a memorable victory. Saville scored 37 in her last state outing for South Australia, opening the batting against Queensland.
Josie Dooley — The 18-year-old is one of the youngest players in the WBBL competition, but the wicketkeeper batter can score freely with bat in hand. She was part of the Australia A team that travelled to India in October, with Dooley scoring a run a ball 67 batting at No. 5 in the third match of the ODI series against India A. Dooley also made 50 not out against NSW in the WNCL, guiding Queensland to a memorable one-wicket win.
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Georgia Redmayne — Redmayne was crowned the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year in February after a strong season. In WBBL|03, Redmayne scored 297 runs, including a top score of 53. She represented Australia A against India in October, opening the batting and scoring 98 in the third match of the series. The 24-year-old will keep wicket for the Hurricanes and more consistent scores at the top will see her go to the next level.
Tayla Vlaeminck — It’s amazing to think Vlaeminck is yet to make her WBBL debut, but was part of Australia’s World T20 triumph in the West Indies. The fast bowler is one of the quickest in the entire competition and expect Vlaeminck, along with New Zealand fast bowler Lea Tahuhu to past the 120 km/h barrier during the tournament. The 20-year-old missed WBBL|02 and WBBL|03 due to injury, but has played a T20 International match for Australia.
Annabel Sutherland — The 17-year-old is certainly one of the players to watch for the Stars this season and will take on an even bigger role in the team. Her WBBL|03 campaign saw her play seven games, where she claimed nine wickets with a best bowling of 4-20. Sutherland has consistently opened the batting and bowling for Victoria this season in the WNCL, so expect her to be given great opportunity to excel in both areas this season.
Piepa Cleary — The accurate medium pace bowler is a hard player for opposition teams to get on top of. The 22-year-old can swing the new ball, but also mix her pace towards the back half of the innings, make her hard to pick. Cleary took 13 wickets in WBBL|03 at an economy of just 6.12. With no Katherine Brunt for the Scorchers this season, Cleary will have an even bigger role with ball in hand.
Lauren Cheatle — Injuries have plagued the left arm fast bowler since she made her Australian debut in 2016. The 20-year-old is working back to full fitness and should play the entire campaign for the Sixers. Cheatle was part of the Australia A squad which travelled to play India A in October, opening the bowling and causing havoc for opposition teams.
Saskia Horley — The 18-year-old is the only addition to the Thunder’s roster for WBBL|04 and will be one of a number of young players hunting a spot in their final XI. The all-rounder was part of the Australian Under 19 squad that travelled to South Africa for games against England and South Africa in April, showing good signs with both skill sets. She smashed 80 from 48 balls in club cricket in the lead up to her first WBBL campaign last weekend.