The 17-year-old from the NSW Central Coast will become the squad’s fifth teenager for the upcoming season that begins on Friday October 18 with the Sydney Smash at North Sydney Oval.
Bates, who bowls left-arm orthodox spin and also bats left-handed, joins 18-year-olds Maddy Darke and Emma Hughes, 17-year-old Stella Campbell and prodigious 16-year-old Hayley Silver-Holmes in magenta.
The year 11 schoolgirl will combine her studies with Sixers commitments and said the opportunity to play alongside her teenage peers and the likes of some of the world’s best in captain Ellyse Perry and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy was mind blowing.
“When I heard that I’d be playing with the Sixers I was a bit speechless to be honest,” Bates said.
“It didn’t really sink in until I’d actually signed everything.
“I’m really looking forward to training with the top players and learning how to be a better cricketer.
“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I just want to become a better cricketer all round.”
Sixers head coach Ben Sawyer said Bates was a nice addition to his squad that contains a mix of youth and experience.
“We obviously have a number of big named international players but we now have five teenagers and it is just as important for us to develop those players as it is to continue to grow with our more experienced campaigners,” Sawyer, who doubles as the Australian women’s team bowling coach, said.
“Alisha is a talented young player and I have no doubt she will learn a lot from just being part of our set up.
“We have some great spinners at the Sixers and that provides Alisha with another learning opportunity.”
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