Proteas skipper Dane van Niekerk lands new Big Bash deal with Strikers

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South African all-rounder Dane van Niekerk
South African all-rounder Dane van Niekerk
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Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk has signed a deal to represent the Adelaide Strikers in next month's Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) season.

Van Niekerk has been a crucial member of the Sydney Sixers for the past five seasons as she has taken the Sixers to two WBBL titles.

However, this season the 28-year-old will now ply her trade for the Strikers, bringing a wealth of experience with her.

Van Niekerk has proven herself as a ferocious all-rounder who can attack with both bat and ball.

The Proteas women's skipper is close on 1 000 WBBL runs and has claimed 74 wickets in 76 matches.

"I'm so excited to be joining the Strikers this year and very excited to join the team. I hope to make the fans proud," Van Niekerk told the Strikers' official website.

The 2021/22 Women's Big Bash League is scheduled to get under way from 14 October to 27 November.

Adelaide Strikers head coach Luke Williams is confident that the international will inject a wealth of knowledge into the group.

"We are excited to welcome Dané into the group, she is someone that brings a huge amount of experience and talent that will be a massive benefit to our WBBL|07 campaign," said Williams.

"It is no coincidence that Dané has played in and captained winning teams, she leads by example and always performs on the biggest stages.

"Dané comes to Australia in incredible form off the back of The Hundred and South Africa's tour of the West Indies and we can't wait to see her take the field as a Striker."

Van Niekerk's international record speaks for itself as she is close to 4 000 runs on the board and 173 wickets to her name at the international level.

The all-rounder has made a trio of Women's Cricket World Cup appearances and taken part in every Women's T20 World Cup since 2009.

In August, Van Niekerk led the Oval Invincibles to victory in the inaugural Hundred, earning herself MVP honours in the process.

The Adelaide Strikers get their WBBL campaign under way this season when they face the Thunder Strikers on Saturday, 16 October in Hobart.

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