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Cross-code star Duffin wants WBBL glory with Renegades

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Sophie Devine, Marizanne Kapp and Harmanpreet Kaur are among the 'platinum' internationals on offer in Sunday's inaugural WBBL draft, but it's the return of cross-code local Jess Duffin that has created just as much buzz.

Duffin, who gave birth to her second child Archie in May, has signed on with the Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming WBBL campaign.

The 34-year-old was vice-captain of Hawthorn's AFLW team in their inaugural campaign last season.

After retiring at the end of the season, she revealed she was expecting her second child.

Duffin most recently played for the Renegades two seasons ago, in WBBL 07, juggling her cricket commitments and AFLW pre-season training - before the two sporting seasons overlapped.

But it's unfinished business in cricket that has motivated Duffin to return to the Renegades.

"It was a pretty easy decision for me. Hawthorn gave me the opportunity to finish footy how I wanted to finish it," Duffin said on Wednesday.

"For that I'll be forever grateful. I was really keen to get back (to cricket).

"I've been able to juggle both sports at different stages of my career, but with the seasons overlapping last year, it wasn't possible to commit to both.

"I still feel like I have unfinished business in cricket, particularly with this group at the Renegades.

"The club has been a great support to me over the years. I'm looking forward to reuniting with 'Helmo' (coach Simon Helmot) and the playing group and would love to be part of the club's first WBBL championship team."

Duffin is one of the Renegades' most decorated players.

The former skipper sits third (1205) for most runs scored by a Renegade, and she has previously represented Australia on 117 occasions across all three formats of the game.

Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday the 25 men and 25 women players who had been selected for the platinum bracket at the BBL and WBBL overseas drafts.

If a player is selected in the platinum round, they will earn $420,000 in the BBL and $110,000 in the WBBL.

The other levels are gold ($300,000/$90,000), silver ($200,000/$65,000) and bronze ($100,000/$40,000).

Of the 25 players in the BBL platinum mix, 14 are from England.

Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan headlines the BBL platinum list, with Ashes stars Harry Brook and Zac Crawley also among the big names.

Devine, Kapp, Kaur and Laura Wolvaardt headline the women players available to be selected in the platinum round.