It signifies that after three seasons out of the finals and after gathering final yr’s picket spoon, the Sixers now have the squad to be real contenders once more.
Bates and Ecclestone be a part of Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner because the squad’s 5 marquee gamers, whereas the likes of Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle and Erin Burns additionally determine.
“I am wanting ahead to her forging a robust opening partnership with Alyssa Healy,” new coach Charlotte Edwards stated. “She’s within the type of her life, coming off successful the Hundred [in England] the place she performed a pivotal position as a frontrunner and opening bat.
“I am wanting ahead to sitting again and having fun with the sight of two of the very best openers on the earth doing their factor.”
Bates’ signing will once more enable allrounder Perry to bat down within the center order, a task she began final summer time earlier than Indian Shafali Verma’s struggles prompted a rethink.
“It will likely be good to play alongside Healy and Perry as a result of I am a bit sick of enjoying towards them,” Bates stated. “Healy scored plenty of runs – and some a whole lot – towards the Strikers up to now, so it is going to be good to be down the opposite finish and watch these two go about their enterprise.”