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'Bradman of women's cricket' wants team effort

Melbourne Stars batter Meg Lanning in action for the Southern Stars.
Melbourne Stars batter Meg Lanning in action for the Southern Stars. Manish Swarup

CRICKET: It promises to be an explosive start to the new Women's Big Bash League series tomorrow at North Sydney - and expect Meg Lanning to be the one bringing most of the fireworks.

But the batter described as the Bradman of women's cricket is adamant it will have to be a team effort for her Melbourne Stars to upset the reigning champion Sydney Thunder on home soil.

That was something Lanning herself said was the hallmark of the Thunder's performance last season.

"You can't really rely on one or two players, and they probably had the best depth and contribution of different players,” she said. "That's the key for teams if they want to win.”

The Stars finished fifth in WBBL01 but are expected to challenge for the title this time.

"We've improved a lot ... we've played a lot more T20 cricket now, we understand the game better and hopefully we're a bit smarter as well,” Lanning said.

The Australian captain recently notched a record-equalling ninth one-day international ton in just 54 innings and was player of the first WBBL, averaging 56 with the bat after scoring 560 runs.

The Stars' clash with the Thunder is the third of a triple-header at North Sydney Oval.

All-rounder Grace Harris, the only player to score a century in WBBL01, will lead the Melbourne Renegades in their clash with the Adelaide Strikers.

The Hobart Hurricanes take on the Perth Scorchers in the tournament opener.

Tomorrow: Hurricanes v Scorchers 9am; Strikers v Renegades 12.45pm; Thunder v Stars 5.15pm (times AEST)

Topics:  meg lanning melbourne stars t20 wbbl



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