Ferling gets ready to dish out the Heat in the WBBL

BIG BASH READY: Kingaroy’s Holly Ferling is fired up for the Brisbane Heat’s first Women’s Big Bash League match.
BIG BASH READY: Kingaroy’s Holly Ferling is fired up for the Brisbane Heat’s first Women’s Big Bash League match. Contributed

THE world's first women's Twenty20 league is about to start and Kingaroy's Holly Ferling is at its centre.

Ferling has had a big year helping the Southern Stars win the Ashes in July and Queensland finish third in the Women's National Cricket League (WBBL).

But the pace bowler has no time to slow down with the Women's Big Bash League game set to hit off on Saturday, December 5.

Ferling will pitch in with the Brisbane Heat's bowlers in their opening clash against the Melbourne Stars.

To sharpen her bowling Ferling will duck over to New Zealand for a stint with the Northern Spirit.

"For us bowlers we've been working on our variety," Ferling said.

"We're all trying to get that extra edge.

"I've been working on my slower balls and yorkers."

Ferling said the slower balls and yorkers were some of the most effective methods to shut down run rates in the short version of the game.

The attacking bowler said she revelled at the chance to send her opposition's openers back to the sheds.

"I always like bowling against the best," she said.

"As a bowler, you want to get the top four out."

As the first league of its kind, the WBBL has attracted players from England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies.

Ferling said this international attention would hopefully give the competition the credit it deserved.

"It is the big step forward we've been waiting for in women's cricket," she said.

"We are making history.

"The Big Bash has done wonders for the men's game and hope it does the same for the women's."

Ferling said the short format of the game had captivated audiences both live and in front of televisions with its fast paced action.

To tap into the crowds of the men's BBL, the WBBL will run before with game tickets covering both.

Brisbane Heat will have two games shown on Channel One, the first against the Adelaide Sixers at the Gabba on December 19 and next in Tasmania against the Hobart Hurricanes on January 1.

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