Lanning sisters to light up the WBBL
Southern Stars captain joined by younger sister in Melbourne Stars line-up for inaugural WBBL
4 December 2015, 08:10 AM AEST
A new set of siblings are looking to make their mark on Australian cricket alongside the Marsh, Waugh and Chappell families.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars skipper and the world's No.1 batter Meg Lanning will be joined by younger sister Anna in the Melbourne Stars side when they open the rebel Women's Big Bash League against Brisbane Heat on Saturday.
The teams will play two back-to-back matches at the Junction Oval in Melbourne to kick off the inaugural season of the WBBL, which has attracted many of the world's best players.
A local derby between Sydney's Sixers and Thunder follows at the Howell Oval in Penrith on Sunday.
Meg, 23, said she was excited about having her younger sibling in the line-up.
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The sisters were born exactly two years apart, with both celebrating their birthdays on March 25.
Anna, 21, is an all-rounder, although has been focusing on batting this year with her Victorian club side.
"It's fantastic that she's been able to join me playing at the Stars as we really enjoy playing together," Meg said.
"Hopefully she can move through the ranks with more experience at the top level."
Anna Lanning during the WNCL this year // Getty Images
The Lanning duo will be put to the test by England fast bowler Kate Cross, who has signed with the Heat.
Cross starred for England in their Ashes series loss to Australia and captured headlines as the first female to play in the Central Lancashire League this year, where she claimed figures of 8-47 for her team Henley.
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Cross said it was exciting to play among the best in the world and she was looking forward to proving the women's game was just as entertaining as the men's version.
"We've got a stage to showcase our product and as you know we don't get a lot of airtime," Cross said.
"I think it's something that's been needed. I think it's something that's been a long time coming and Australia's put it all together ... it's going to be a great competition."
The first of the Stars-Heat games is at 10.30am and entry is free.