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Birmingham Bears star Amy Jones thoroughly enjoyed her recent stint with Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Jones played in the Sixers’ last four group games down under to help them book a semi-final against Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Drafted in by Sixers captain Ellyse Perry, alongside whom she has played before, Jones helped fill the gap left by the temporary departures of South African pair Dane Van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp who travelled to Bangladesh for a ODI series.

They have returned to play in the semi-final so Jones’s involvement is over for now. But the 23-year-old relished her taste of the WBBL and the pressures of being an overseas player in a big tournament.

“It was a great opportunity for me and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “There was some pressure on me to perform as the overseas player and it was really good for me to be outside my comfort zone in that way.

“The atmosphere at the games was great and it was amazing to play in front of 50,000 people at the SCG when we doubled up with the men’s game.

“The whole experience can only have benefited me as a player and now that experience will help us at Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears in the coming season as we try to build on the good progress we made last year.

“In the meantime, let’s hope the Sixers can keep up the momentum on Wednesday and go all the way in the WBBL and win it.”