Hobart Hurricanes' English import Fran Wilson is ready to embrace the challenge that WBBL05 will present her.
The 27-year-old top-order batter, who Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins said would add some much needed firepower to the Hurricanes' batting unit, openly admitted that the Tasmanian capital was her first choice when looking for an Australian home this summer.
"All I've heard is really good things, especially about the culture of the team, as I've always heard that it is a really good group of girls who are really welcoming and that was partly why I was so excited to be part of it,'' she said on Friday
"The Women's Big Bash is so big now it is a really exciting thing for any player to come over and really challenge themselves in this environment."
Wilson, who averages 21.71 with a strike-rate of 93.82 in 14 T20Is for her country and 19.52 with 79.27 strike-rate from 27 ODIs, had a taste of the competition for Sydney Thunder in 2018 and is keen for more.
"This professional environment can really push your game on and that is a massive reason why I want to come back and challenge myself and get better as a professional,'' the World Cup winner said.
A close relationship with her former coach Salliann Briggs, as well as English teammate Heather Knight, who is a favourite at the Hurricanes, helped make her mind up for her, as well as the opportunity to experience Australian conditions ahead of the World T20 next year.
"I'm keen to win games for the Hurricanes,'' she said.
"Every team I play for I want to make contributions which actually help win games."
The Hurricanes first WBBL05 matches will be against the Melbourne Stars in Melbourne next weekend.