Heather Knight column: Women's Big Bash League, Taylor Swift and the oldest living Test cricketer

Heather Knight

With the Women’s Big Bash League over, Heather Knight reflects on another winter down under, pays tribute to one of her predecessors as England captain, is “put to shame by a 105-year-old”, and looks ahead to a trip to Rwanda.

WBBL grows with live streaming – and woeful singing

The second edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has come to an end and unfortunately for the “Lilac Ladies”, my Hobart Hurricanes side, it’s ended at the same stage as last year with a semi-final loss.

We’ve played some brilliant cricket but have been a little bit inconsistent through the year. Saying that, we’ve managed to punch above our weight for a second year in a row and make it to the semi-finals, despite many predictions to the contrary.

I’ve really enjoyed my time in the WBBL once again. It’s definitely grown since last year with more publicity, more coverage and it’s great to see some bigger crowds too.

Hobart Hurricanes celebrate a wicket

The double-headers with the men’s Big Bash League are, I think, definitely the way forward until the competition grows enough to stand by itself – although it would be great to see the time gap between the end of the women’s matches and the start of the men’s games reduced, in order to get more people to come to both.

The live online streaming of every WBBL match, outside of the TV broadcast fixtures, has been a very good addition, with highlights of every game available freely, and the social media presence has also been great.

Unfortunately I got roped into embarrassing myself with my woeful singing, featuring in the Hurricanes’ rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on the WBBL Pitch Perfect show with Aussie comedian Bobby. Note: the costumes were to try to mask our dreadful voices!

Heather Knight, Katelyn Fryett, Corrine Hall and Bobby Macumber