Sutherland, who has penned a two-year deal, is one of the brightest young prospects in the country having recently being selected for the Governor General’s XI against New Zealand last week.
On her re-signing, Sutherland said the Stars’ team environment had ensured it was a right fit for her.
“Since joining the Stars I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to develop as a cricketer and having played every game this season, I feel as though my game has developed a lot,” Sutherland said.
“In playing with this group, I’ve been lucky enough to make some good friends (including Nic Faltum) and to be part of such a family environment is something I appreciate a lot about the Stars.”
Eighteen-year-old Faltum has re-committed for the next three seasons after playing eight matches in WBBL|04 in an important role behind the stumps.
Faltum, who was also selected for the Governor General’s XI, commented on her re-signing, acknowledging the Club’s culture as a key reason for her return.
“For me, I really like the culture the Stars has established over the past couple of seasons. We’ve built a strong culture around our team values and being able to learn from my senior teammates has helped me a lot," Faltum said.
“I’m hoping I can continue to grow and help to contribute both on and off the field to such a great Club.”
Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper said securing the pair’s signatures ensured a bright future for the Stars.
“We’re really pleased to re-sign Annabel and Nicole, two of the most talented young players in Australian cricket at the moment," Cooper said.
“We see them as the future of our Club and look forward to seeing them develop as both cricketers and people over the next few seasons.”
The re-signing announcement comes on the eve of the Australian under-19 squad’s departure for their tour of New Zealand in which both Sutherland and Faltum have been named.