Moving across from the Sydney Sixers, 27-year-old all-rounder Reakes will make the move south this summer while right-arm medium-fast bowler Hancock will return to Melbourne after playing with the Hobart Hurricanes.
After earning a Victorian contract this season, all-rounder Elly Donald has also earned her first WBBL contract.
Stars Head Coach David Hemp said he's excited to have all three sign with the Club and that they would all bring something different to the team.
“It’s great to have two experienced players joining us who add value across all three areas of the game. Ange has performed and been a part of a winning team across the previous WBBL competitions whilst Nic joins us off the back of a very good WBBL|03,” Hemp said.
“Elly is a young and upcoming talented all-rounder who has impressed in her first season with Victoria.
“With our list now finalised, the playing group provides plenty of options for the coaching staff and captain to consider.”
Coinciding with the Stars’ squad announcement, the Club is also pleased to announce WBBL|03 Stars Player of the Season Erin Osborne has been named vice-captain of the team.
Osborne is a proven leader having captained last season in Kristen Beams’ absence.
“I’m very happy to be named vice-captain of the Stars. I’m looking forward to working with Kristen Beams on building our culture and leading us into finals,” Osborne said.
“We’re a close group and it’s a real credit to Beamsy and Hempy for getting the team together and getting them to gel so quickly. I’m really excited to be involved in that process now and I can’t wait to see where we can take this team.”
The Stars will open their WBBL|03 campaign at the CitiPower Centre on December 1 when they take on the Sydney Sixers for The Big Weekend.Melbourne Stars WBBL Squad
Kristen Beams (c), Erin Osborne (vc), Makinley Blows, Elly Donald, Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Georgia Elwiss (England), Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Katie Mack, Chloe Rafferty, Ange Reakes, Annabel Sutherland