Stafanie Taylor and Sophie Molineux join Southern Vipers for Kia Super League

Charlotte Edwards insists the team are "very lucky" to secure the high-profile additions, who join captain Tammy Beaumont for the 2019 campaign

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Southern Vipers have added Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies and Australia allrounder Sophie Molineux to their squad for the upcoming Kia Super League.

The pair join England trio Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt and Tash Farrant in the 15-strong squad for the competition which starts on August 6.

Suzie Bates, the New Zealand international, is back for her fourth KSL campaign on the south coast having been with the side since they won the inaugural title in 2016.

Marie Kelly, Thea Brookes and Issy Wong, members of the victorious Birmingham Bears side in last month's Vitality County T20 Cup, have also arrived to bolster a formidable-looking squad for the final edition of the competition.

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The Ageas Bowl’s director of women’s cricket, Charlotte Edwards said: “Sophie is one of the most exciting young players in the world - she’s dominated the WBBL and won the World T20 with Australia in the West Indies and she’s still only 21. 

"Stafanie is the number one all-rounder in world cricket and her record speaks for itself, we’re very lucky to have secured their signings for this year’s KSL.”

 

Southern Vipers head coach Nick Denning added: “We have assembled a really strong squad this year with some fantastic international and domestic pedigree. 

"We have a lot of players in good form, and our England and international players also add some real star quality to the group. 

"I am delighted Tammy has agreed to lead the side too - she is a natural leader and this is the perfect stage for her to show those qualities."

Courtesy of the ECB reporters network

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