Proteas Women stalwarts Chloe Tryon and Shabnim Ismail have been rewarded for excellent form with Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) contracts.
Along with the Kia Super League in England, the Women's Big Bash League is the game's premier T20 tournament in the women's game.
The signings of Tryon and Ismail swells to six the number of South African women contracted to play in the Aussie T20 extravaganza. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have rejoined the Stars, while skipper Dane van Niekerk and her wife Marizanne Kapp will return to the Sydney Sixers in tandem.
Ismail set to be a leader at the Thunder
Ismail, who has a reputation as one of the fastest bowlers in the women's game, has signed up for the Sixers Sydney rivals the Thunder.
The 2019/20 tournament will be Ismail's second WBBL participation after her stint with the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural event.
Big-hitting Proteas allrounder Chloe Tryon will make her WBBL debut, having signed up to turn out for the Hobart Hurricanes. Tryon joins England skipper Heather Knight and West Indies star Hayley Matthews as the team's overseas professionals.
Much will be expected of Ismail who joins a very young Thunder squad as a senior professional.
“I'm really excited to join the Thunder and obviously make a difference,” Ismail told the Thunder's official website.
“I really want to make an impact with the girls, and obviously I want to win as well.
“For the youngsters, just to pass on my knowledge from the level that I've been playing at which is the highest level.”
Thunder Head Coach Trevor Griffin said he believes Ismail's pace, knowledge and experience will be of huge benefit to the side. Ismail joins Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar and New Zealand wicket-keeper Rachel Priest as the side's three overseas players.
“I'm delighted Shabnim has joined us at Sydney Thunder. She is world class and one of the quickest bowlers in the women's game, currently number two in the ICC T20 world rankings,” Griffin said.
“I have no doubt Shabnim will make a big impact on the field and be a great asset to the Thunder Nation with her wealth of knowledge and experience. I'm really looking forward to working with her.”
Tryon relishing first Big Bash
Tryon and the rest of the Proteas Women squad are currently touring India but the allrounder can't wait to get to Tasmania.
"I've heard a lot of great things about the WBBL and the group the Hurricanes have got this season, I'm really looking forward to testing myself in the high quality competition," said Tryon.
Tryon was one of the few Proteas Women to enhance their reputation at the 2018 Women's World T20. She currently averages 22.40 in T20Is a respectable figure considering her usual position in the batting order is number six. Tryon has played 57 Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa and taken 19 wickets.
The WBBL will run from 18 October 2019 to 8 December 2019.