NSW Blues and Australian fast bowler and former Auburn junior cricketer Mitchell Starc joined Lendlease Breakers captain and Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell to launch the NSW cricket season.
Starc is bowling again after a foot injury prevented him from touring Bangladesh and will be a major force for the NSW Blues as they attempt to win a third successive one-day title, the JLT One-Day Cup, which begins later this month.
The tall left armer dominated the competition two seasons ago, setting a tournament record by claiming 26 wickets in six matches at an average of just 8.12.
Starc will also be available for the first three NSW Sheffield Shield matches before Australia take on England in the Ashes.
Blackwell is aiming to lead the Breakers to a 19th Women's National Cricket League title in the 22-year history of the competition when the tournament begins next month.
She is also looking to take the Sydney Thunder to a second Women's Big Bash League title in three years.
Blackwell dominated the WNCL last season with 318 runs in five matches at an average of 106 and a highest score of 113 not out. She was also the Sydney Thunder's leading run scorer in WBBL|02 with 386 runs at 38.6.
The veteran will be an integral part of the Southern Stars team to take on England for the Women's Ashes during October and November.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said that NSW remained the powerhouse of cricket in Australia, with half the men's and women's teams coming from the state.