As she heads into quarantine this week, Tahlia Wilson has one thing on her mind.
Tasting more Women's Big Bash League success.
The Albion Park wicketkeeper and her Sydney Thunder teammates will fly to Tasmania on Thursday before spending the next fortnight in hotel rooms.
However, the waiting game will all be worth it when the seventh WBBL season kicks off on October 14. The opening 20 games were set to be held in NSW and Victoria, however, the competition was last week shifted to a hub on the Apple Isle due to COVID.
The decision is backed by Wilson, who told the Mercury she was "happy to do whatever it takes" as the Thunder look to defend their WBBL premiership.
"I think the ultimate goal would be for us to go back-to-back, but that's a long way ahead of us at the moment. After getting out of quarantine, it's about getting out on the training track and getting as prepared as you can for the first game," she said.
"I'm just excited that we're actually able to get a competition. For a little while there, we didn't really know what was going to happen and it was all up in the air. I've been lucky that I'm studying part-time at the University of Wollongong and that's been online, so for me, moving anywhere is going to be relatively easy. I know some of the girls will have to move work around, but we knew that was going to be a possibility with the way NSW is coping COVID wise.
"We knew we weren't going to be in Sydney, but it was about Cricket Australia finalising where we go. We knew Western Australia and Tasmania were going to be the two places that were safest for us to move to to start the competition. It was a matter of being adaptable and seeing where we would end up in Australia. I think we're all just grateful to start."
Wilson re-signed with the Thunder in June ahead of third WBBL campaign in the lime green, after playing one season with the Sydney Sixers in 2018/19.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakout 2020 tournament, providing some flair with the bat and growing in confidence behind the stumps, finishing with three catches and four stumpings. It was a great competition too for the Thunder, culminating in a seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades in last November's final.
"I thought last year was a really good breakout season for me with the gloves. It was quite a big responsibility and it was my first major tournament doing it. I just want to build on that again this year and bring some energy in the field," Wilson said.
"This year, I wouldn't say I'm more relaxed, but I'm more comfortable in my game. I know what I have to do and I know how I can help out our skipper Rachael Haynes with field placings. I think last year's experience has helped me gain a lot more confidence. And with the bat, I want to go out there with a positive intent and try set a good tone for the team."
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