Birmingham Phoenix announce their women's captain

One of New Zealand's finest, Sophie Devine, has been appointed Birmingham Phoenix captain.

New Zealand's captain in the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. Sophie Devine has now been appointed Birmingham Phoenix women's captain.

She is the number one ranked all-rounder in T20 International cricket. The 30-year-old was Player of the Tournament in the 2019/20 Women's Big Bash League with 769 runs and 19 wickets. She has experience playing in England too having featured for Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League.

Devine commented: "It’s hugely exciting for me to be able to lead Birmingham Phoenix. Birmingham is a place that’s close to my heart having had a couple of years with Warwickshire and it’s great to know so many members of the squad.

Devine took charge of New Zealand in the recent Women's T20 World Cup

Devine took charge of New Zealand in the recent Women's T20 World Cup

"I’ve also played cricket with and against fellow Phoenix teammates Amy Jones, Georgia Elwiss and Kirstie Gordon at international level and in the premier domestic tournaments, as well as Marie Kelly.

"The Hundred is a hot topic of conversation amongst many of us. We’re already starting to talk about tactics and how we go about things. I know that it’s only 20 fewer balls than a T20, but the decision making between whether a bowler sends down five balls or takes on the option to bowl ten straight, will be really interesting. It’s going to be an exciting new challenge and I can’t wait to get started. A shorter, sharper format should really suit my style of play."

After an outstanding Women's Big Bash campaign Devine will be hoping for similar success in The Hundred

After an outstanding Women's Big Bash campaign Devine will be hoping for similar success in The Hundred

Ben Sawyer, Birmingham Phoenix head coach, said: "Sophie was the first international player we selected for Birmingham Phoenix and I’ve always admired the way she goes about her game. She’s an outstanding bowler and her batting is just as good, as demonstrated in the recent Women’s Big Bash League where she reinforced her position as one of the world’s best.

"Having seen a lot of her with New Zealand, it’s clear that she is a natural leader and her experience in the international arena, and with Warwickshire, makes her the ideal candidate to lead Birmingham Phoenix. I have no doubt that she will do a great job."

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