The Sydney Sixers have signed up 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/wbbl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Women's Big Bash League</a> (WBBL). <p></p> <p></p>The teenager has impressed with her performances over the past year, which include three centuries in the 2018-19 Women s Premier Cricket season. She was also a part of the Australia Under-19s that toured New Zealand and is included in Cricket Australia s National Performance Squad. <p></p> <p></p>Drake, who hails from Sydney, recently earned a state contract with the NSW Breakers. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/2022-commonwealth-games-womens-t20-cricket-included-879349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Women s T20 cricket included for 2022 Commonwealth Games</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Alyssa Healy, the Southern Stars' wicketkeeper and opener, took to Twitter to welcome Drake to the WBBL franchise. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="tl">Yieww!</p> <p></p> Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) <a href="https://twitter.com/ahealy77/status/1161754183919448064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p></p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p></p> <p></p>"I always looked up to players like Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy," Darke said. "I know I am going to be able to learn a lot from everyone in the team but being a wicketkeeper and batter I am hoping I can just be a sponge around Midge (Healy)." <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australias-womens-bbl-gets-own-timeslot-855602" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia's women's BBL gets own time slot</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Drake, currently studying physiotherapy at Australia Catholic University, was also part of the Australia A squad that toured England. <p></p> <p></p>"I got the call-up as an injury replacement and it was a big surprise, something that came completely out of the blue," she said. "One minute I was at home and the next minute I m in England playing with people I have looked up to and who have played for Australia or been very close to that. It was the best tour ever for me."