Melbourne Stars sign interstate duo

Katie Mack and Gemma Triscari boost talented Stars line-up

Melbourne Stars have strengthened their list for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League, signing exciting young Western Australian quick Gemma Triscari and ACT allrounder Katie Mack.

Triscari and Mack join a Stars squad headlined by Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars skipper Meg Lanning and featuring South African captain Mignon de Preez, White Ferns bowler Norna Neilsen and England allrounder Natalie Sciver.

Triscari, a left-arm pace bowler, has received numerous Shooting Stars call-ups and was named in the 2013 Women's Ashes squad.

The 25-year-old Bunbury product started at Rockingham-Mandurah before moving to Subiaco Marist and won her first Shooting Stars call-up in February 2011, before going on to win the 2011-12 Zoe Goss Medal as WA women's player of the year.

Triscari is heading east for WBBL|01 

Triscari said she was thrilled to be heading east for the WBBL season and was eager to use the opportunity to learn from a new environment.

"I think Katie and I both chose the Stars for similar reasons," Triscari told

"I've been playing cricket for Western Australia for 10 years, so when the opportunity came to play for Melbourne, I thought, 'Why not?'

"I'm a teacher so the WBBL season works perfectly with my holidays.

"I've been lucky enough to play against a lot of these girls and now I'll have a chance to play with them.

"I'm really excited about the new coaches and a new environment as well. It's good to hear from different people."

Triscari admitted she was a little nervous about the prospect of meeting many of her Western Fury teammates with the Stars play the Perth Scorchers.

"The team they've assembled is pretty good. But it'll be good. We're good friends off the field so it'll be a bit different."

Allrounder Mack, who has developed her batting to complement her leg-spin in recent seasons, started her domestic career with New South Wales before moving to the ACT in search of more opportunities.

"I really like the way the Stars seem to be very much one club with the men and the women, it felt like you were going to go there and be a part of everything," the 22-year-old said.

"We have the Australian captain and some very good players, so it'll be interesting to see how we go against other teams."

Late last month, the Stars unveiled a trio of signings with England allrounder Sciver, South Africa's du Preez and White Ferns left-armer Nielsen adding a wealth of international experience to their squad.

Melbourne Stars squad: Meg Lanning, Mignon du Preez (South Africa), Kathleen Hempenstall, Emma Inglis, Emma Kearney, Anna Lanning, Morna Nielsen (New Zealand), Natalie Sciver (England), Katie Mack, Gemma Triscari