Bears and England bowler Issy Wong believes the expansion of women’s professional cricket will inspire more girls to follow in her footsteps.

Wong – who’s played 14 times for England – has been a mainstay of the regional Central Sparks side since its inception in 2020.

She’s excited at the prospect of playing for a fully professional Bears Women side following news that one of eight Tier 1 clubs in a new-look national structure will be based at Edgbaston from next season.