Sydney Thunder captain Rachael Haynes hoping for Tiger time in WBBL bubble

Rachael Haynes will captain the Sydney Thunder for a second straight season. Picture: Getty Images
Rachael Haynes will captain the Sydney Thunder for a second straight season. Picture: Getty Images

Forget settling into her new room, exploring the new surrounds and reacquainting with her Sydney Thunder teammates upon entering the Women's Big Bash bubble on Tuesday.

Captain Rachael Haynes has far more pressing matters - sourcing a room where she can watch her beloved Richmond Tigers in Saturday's AFL grand final.

"I've already had a chat with Georgia Wareham via Whatsapp and decided we need a bit of a quiet space to focus on the game and not having any interruptions from Geelong supporters," Haynes said.

"We play in the Aussie team together and she's in with the Renegades. I'm sure we'll be able to find somewhere."

The Thunder's campaign kicks off against the cros-town Sydney Sixers on Sunday, and Haynes was hopeful she'd enter the match celebrating another Tigers' triumph.

In her second season as captain, the classy stroke maker is determined to lead the Thunder back to the WBBL finals after the club's recent recruiting spree

England captain Heather Knight has joined, alongside compatriot Tammy Beaumont while the Thunder have also pried star pace bowler Sammy Jo-Johnson away from the Brisbane Heat.

"We've recruited really well during the off season, it was obviously really important given we'd lost senior players in Rene Farrell and Alex Blackwell," Haynes said.

"They've got some wonderful experience which our younger players will really absorb and be able to learn off.

"She [Knight] is a great international captain. I think naturally she'll just lead in terms of what she does both on and off the field.

"I'm sure at certain stages she'll be a good person to bounce ideas off. I want her to come here and really enjoy her cricket and not feel like she's got to do too much from that side as well."

Each cricketer will have her own room in the WBBL bubble, which has been set up as a miniature village in Sydney to facilitate the competition this season.

Players will only be allowed to leave the bubble for training and playing.

"Stepping into it initially there'll be a bit of a novelty factor to it but the longer it goes on I think the more challenging it will be," Haynes said.

"When you're in a hub...it's hard to get away from cricket. In normal circumstances you're able to have that autonomy where you can go and do something to take your mind off it, whether it be a game of golf or go to the beach.

"It's probably not going to be quite as much freedom this time around."

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