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Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana to play in Women's Big Bash

Kaur has rejoined the Sydney Thunder, who she also played for in the 2016/17 season, while Mandhana has joined the Hobart Hurricanes

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India batters Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to play in the 2018/19 season of the Women's Big Bash.

Kaur has rejoined the Sydney Thunder, who she also featured for in the 2016/17 season, while Mandhana has joined the Hobart Hurricanes.

Kaur captained India at the ICC Women's World T20, where they lost in the semi-final to England and was the first female Indian cricketer to sign for a foreign franchise when she first joined the Thunder in 2016.

She scored 296 runs at 59.20 as the Thunder finished sixth and failed to make the playoffs.

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Harmanpreet Kaur will be playing in her second stint for the Sydney Thunder

Mandhana also featured in the 2016/17 Women's Big Bash season, and was a part of the Brisbane Heat team which made the semi-final, but lost out to the Perth Scorchers.

Despite enjoying a modest first season where she scored 89 runs across 10 innings at an average of 11.12, the India T20 vice-captain looks set to improve on that after finishing as India's leading run-scorer a the Women's World T20.

“I've heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can't wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.

Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs added: "Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies. I can't wait to see her in purple, she's an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”

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