Back for a third season

Balaklava’s Tegan McPharlin is set to around for another Big Bash League season after re-signing with hometown team the Adelaide Strikers.

This will be McPharlin’s third season with the Strikers after being part of the inaugural squad for the 2015-16 season and last year she captained the side in what was a disappointing season where they finished in last place.

McPharlin is one of nine players to have re-signed with the Strikers for the third season of the Women’s Big Bash League in what is hoped will be a bounce back season after finishing in the bottom half for the past two tournaments.

The wicket-keeper said there was never any doubt that she would not return to her hometown team.

“I love South Australia and I am thrilled to stay at home and re-sign with the Strikers,” she said.

“Obviously I have been a part of the first two WBBL seasons and I am looking forward to the third.”

McPharlin said she was happy with how her season panned out after taking over as captain for WBBL season 2.

“I was obviously captain which was a challenge in itself but it was great to take the gloves a be a part of the game in that aspect and then lead the girls on the field,” she said.

“It was always going to be a challenge, you always have to be two steps ahead out in the field at all times so I thought we started off quite well and we were sitting in a good position heading into the second half of the season.

“We tailed off a little bit which was disappointing but still it was good to be apart of it and lead the girls as best I could.”

Strikers Head Coach Andrea McCauley said the Strikers squad was beginning to take shape ahead of the season opener in Adelaide against the Melbourne Renegades on December 10.

“There is certainly plenty to be excited about with the rest of the squad, too,” McCauley said.

“There is plenty of talent rolling around and it’s great that these girls have re-signed and want to be a part of the squad again this year.”

McPharlin will also captain the SA Scorpions after taking over the reigns from Lauren Ebsary for the 2016-17 season.

She is joined in the side by Clare bowler Ellie Falconer in what will be her first professional season.

The veteran said she had taken Falconer under her wing as they share a common bond by hailing from the country.

“It is great when country girls put their hand up so it has been fantastic to see Ellie come along and what she is going to bring to the Scorpions and hopefully the Strikers in the future,” she said.

“We carpool from time to time to save the K’s so it has been great to pull her in under my wing and show her the ropes.”

The Strikers team are currently in pre-season for the WBBL, playing at both state and club level in the lead up to the December 10 opener.