Sixers Sign Amelia Kerr, Dealing a Massive Blow to Heat in WBBL

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Sydney Sixers have made a big move in the WBBL, signing Amelia Kerr on a three-year deal, a blow to rivals Brisbane Heat. Kerr, one of the world’s best all-rounders, will join the Sixers this summer under new contracting rules that allow each club to sign one player outside of the overseas draft.

The new rules aim to retain talent longer and counter overseas league offers, benefiting the Sixers in this case.

Kerr, ranked No. 2 all-rounder globally, has been a key player for Heat since 2019, winning their player-of-the-year award thrice. With 62 wickets at an economy rate of 6.42 in 58 matches, she’s among the top spinners.

Her decision to move was influenced by family in Sydney, especially her sister Jess, who played for the Sixers last season.

“It was tough leaving Brisbane, but Sydney’s proximity to family was a big factor,” Kerr said. “I’m excited for this new opportunity.”

Heat attempted to keep Kerr but understood her desire to be near family.

“We made a competitive offer, but family was important,” said Joe Dawes, Queensland’s head of cricket. “While disappointing for our fans, we wish her the best in this new challenge.”