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New Stars set for opener

08 December 2017

Ahead of WBBL|03 the Melbourne Stars have added an exciting line up of new faces to their team.

Following Meg Lanning’s departure, the Stars are hoping that a new-looking side will see them make the finals this summer, after narrowly missing out in fifth-place for the last two years.

Mignon du Preez and Alana King are notable players to watch this season.

Du Preez returns to the Stars after a summer away, and not only adds leadership and experience to the team, but some fiery playing ability. The Stars will hope that the return of du Preez will fill some of the void left by Lanning’s departure.

King, on the other hand, is a 22-year-old leg spinner and an up-and-coming forced to be reckoned with.

Other new additions to the Stars line-up include two international players in Englishwoman Georgia Elwiss and South African cricketer Lizelle Lee. Erin Osborne (Thunder) and Nicole Faltum (Renegades) - no strangers to the WBBL competition - also join the side for the 17/18 season.

If those dazzling additions weren’t enough, the Stars finalised their list by welcoming young guns Chloe Rafferty and Annabel Sutherland to join team green, after both players showed strong performances at club and underage representative levels.

Speaking to StarsCast,  Anna Lanning described the new mix amongst the Stars side as “refreshing,” as it creates a more rounded group.

"It’s quite refreshing to have some new faces in. We’ve brought in some experienced players, some international (players) who are really good, and we’ve got some youth as well,” Lanning said.

Leg-spinner Kristen Beams will captain the Stars this season, Lanning commented on how excited she is for the new skipper.

“She’s a fierce competitor. She’ll take this group to the next level.”

The Melbourne Stars will head to NSW for their opener of the season, playing their first game against the Sixers on December 9 at North Sydney Oval, followed by a match against Osborne’s former team, Thunder, shortly after on December 12.