Tayla Vlaeminck signs with Melbourne Renegades despite injury woes

Injury-plagued Aussie quick Tayla Vlaeminck is leaving the Hobart Hurricanes to join the franchise with which she made her WBBL debut.

The Melbourne Renegades have signed Aussie quick Tayla Vlaeminck to a two-year contract despite knowing she’ll miss the entire WBBL|08 through injury.

Vlaeminck is working with the Australian Ballet in her recovery from the nightmare foot injury that cut her summer short and says she’s making “good progress”.

The injury-prone 23-year-old got through WBBL|07 unscathed but was sidelined with a stress fracture to her right foot during the Ashes shortly afterwards.

As a result, she missed most of the Ashes as well as Australia’s ODI World Cup win and won’t take part in the Commonwealth Games in July.

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Vlaeminck suffered a similar injury in early 2020 and didn’t make her return to international cricket until March last year.

She said working with the Australian Ballet to recover from her most recent injury had been a “completely different” experience.

“We’re starting to make good progress now, which is nice,” Vlaeminck said.

“Training at the ballet is something completely different.

“It’s been kind of cool to get into a different high-performance environment to see how that works and grab a few little things here and there which I can hopefully bring back to cricket.”

Vlaeminck began her WBBL career with the Renegades in WBBL|02 before defecting to the Hobart Hurricanes for three years from WBBL|05.

Vlaeminck has taken 27 wickets from her 32 WBBL innings at an economy rate of 6.57.

She is noted for her blistering pace, regularly hitting above 120km/h, and has represented Australia in all three formats of the game.

Renegades general manager James Rosengarten said Vlaeminck was a bowler worth waiting for.

“We’re excited to be bringing Tayla home to the Renegades and see her being an important part of our future,” he said.

“There are very few players who have the skill set that Tayla has. She is a matchwinner with the ball and has the pace and skill to challenge the world’s best batters.

“Tayla won’t play this year as she continues her recovery, but we’re committed to supporting her through this period.

“She already has strong relationships at the club and we know she will be a great asset to our group off the field too.”

Vlaeminck’s move to the Renegades comes just days after the franchise confirmed it had re-signed Aussie international spinner Sophie Molineux for the next two seasons.

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