Ellyse Perry – The Best Of All-Time?
Ellyse Perry is the star of Australian Women’s Cricket. She has truly gone where no other female cricketer has gone in breaking new grounds and records in cricket.
It is incredible how successful a cricketer Perry has become, considering she also played soccer for Australia till 2014.
Perry has represented the Matilda’s [Australian women’s national soccer team] from 2007. Also, Perry trained with the Matilda’s in 2014. She notched up 18 caps for Australia. Ellyse Perry was not selected for Australia in 2014, purely because she could not commit fully to both cricket and soccer.
Due to the growth of women’s sport, it was inevitable that Perry could not play both cricket and football for Australia. Perry shared her thoughts in a 2018 interview with the Roar, an Australian online sports opinion website.
“But I truly enjoyed my time playing football and it was really nice to have that opportunity. And with so many great experiences as a part of it.”
She ended the interview saying how it’s great that both cricket and soccer can have full time women’s athletes.
The Career Of Ellyse Perry
In her cricket career, Ellyse Perry has become a dominant force. Perry became the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket, when she made her debut against New Zealand [second ODI of the Rose Bowl series in 2007]. Her debut came before her 17th birthday and it was remarkable as she had never played a senior domestic cricket match.
When, Perry first burst onto the cricket scene, she was a fast bowler that tore teams apart. But, as her career took off she started to show her talent with the bat too. As in her test debut in 2008 against England she knocked an unbeaten 29 with a huge six. Then, in her T20I international debut she claimed four wickets.
As the years went on, Perry began to show how destructive of an all-rounder she was, especially between 2014 to 2019. In the Ashes, in Sydney she hit a double century and then a century in Taunton.
The Ashes in 2015, Perry impressed with the bowl claiming nine wickets. It was the main reason Australia were able to regain the Ashes urn. She also showed her batting prowess in the Women’s Big Bash, when she played for the Sydney Sixers, in the way she was able to score plenty of runs.
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Perry showed, her cricket greatness in July 2019 when the last Women’s Ashes series was played in Hove, England. She became the first male or female player to complete a ‘double’ of 1000 runs in test cricket and 100 wickets in T20Is.
The All-Format Domination
It is easy to see, how Ellyse Perry dominated the women’s cricket season in 2019. She was purely a delight to watch in all formats of the game. Perry’s best ODI highlight of her best year, came in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide. Perry struggled to score runs in the first ODI in Perth.
But, she redeemed herself smashing her first century after coming in when the wicket of captain Meg Lanning fell in the 12th over. It would go down as one of the best batting performances in women’s cricket history. The unbeaten knock of 107 was nothing short of brilliance, as she hit eight fours and three sixes. To go along with her best batting performance, Perry impressed with bowling figures of 1/15.
Also, Perry hit 116 runs and 76 not out to go with 1/44 [bowling] in the Ashes Test at Taunton. Perry continued to show her fine form and this time in the 2nd ODI against West Indies at Antigua scoring 112 runs and 1/5 with his bowling.
To cap off her great year of records and paving new paths, Perry secured the Belinda Clark Award [her third] at the Allan Border night in February, 2020.
Ellyse Perry – A Lasting Impact
Perry has not only made a lasting impact on cricket, but on women’s sport as a whole. With many female athletes, such as, Perry doing well in previous male dominant sports, this has been the key driver in women’s sport participation rising.
It gives females of all ages the confidence and belief that they can achieve similar success. Perry is a women’s sport ambassador and something that she is truly passionate about.
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