Full name Ellyse Alexandra Perry
Born November 3, 1990, Wahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 26 years 33 days
Major teams Australia Under-23s Women, Australia Women, New South Wales Under-19s Women, New South Wales Women, Sydney Sixers Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Australia Women v England Women at Bowral, Feb 15-18, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Test||England Women v Australia Women at Canterbury, Aug 11-14, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia Women v New Zealand Women at Darwin, Jul 22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia Women v South Africa Women at Coffs Harbour, Nov 29, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia Women v England Women at Melbourne, Feb 1, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka Women v Australia Women at Colombo (SSC), Sep 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/36||NSW Women||v Qld Women||Brisbane||3 Dec 2016||Other OD|
|56, 3/52||Aus Women||v SA Women||Coffs Harbour||29 Nov 2016||WODI # 1024|
|69, 1/58||Aus Women||v SA Women||Coffs Harbour||27 Nov 2016||WODI # 1023|
|95*, 1/15||Aus Women||v SA Women||Canberra||20 Nov 2016||WODI # 1021|
|2/33, 93*||Aus Women||v SA Women||Canberra||18 Nov 2016||WODI # 1019|
|1/13, 12||Governor-Gen||v SA Women||Sydney||13 Nov 2016||Other OD|
|103||NSW Women||v WA Women||Sydney||29 Oct 2016||Other OD|
|1/8||Aus Women||v SL Women||Colombo (SSC)||27 Sep 2016||WT20I # 369|
|77*||Aus Women||v SL Women||Colombo (RPS)||25 Sep 2016||WODI # 995|
|1/4||Aus Women||v SL Women||Colombo (RPS)||23 Sep 2016||WODI # 994|
Ellyse Perry became the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she debuted in the second ODI of the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand in July 2007, before her 17th birthday, despite never having played a domestic match at the senior level. Considered a genuine all-round prospect right from the start - she toured New Zealand with the Australian under-23 team early in 2007 - Perry's stellar rise has seen her take on the role of pace spearhead in the Australian bowling attack.
Australia had been looking for a replacement for fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who retired in March, 2007, and Perry settled into the role. For a time, that was uncertain - as she also had the alluring prospect of a long-term career in soccer and was representing the Matildas when the call-up to the national cricket side came. Her future in cricket had been secured when she was in the group of the first women cricketers to be handed contracts by Cricket Australia in 2008.
Nonetheless, she went on to represent Australia in World Cup football, becoming the first woman to represent the country in World Cups in two sports, and continues - for the moment - to juggle both, representing Sydney FC in the Women's League.
Perry, who made her Test debut, against England, in 2008, made headlines when her unbeaten 29, which included a massive straight six, and four wickets in her T20 international debut led Australia to a 21-run win over England at the MCG. Initially, it was her bowling that proved her stronger suit, and she picked up her maiden five-wicket haul in an ODI against New Zealand in February 2010. Three months later, she was Australia's leading wicket-taker at the Women's World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. That included a Player-of-the-Match-winning performance in the final where her three wickets helped restrict New Zealand in a thrilling run chase and crown Australia world champions in the format. She went on to play a vital role in all of Australia's four World Cup victories in as many years, though she will forever be remembered for the 2013 Women's World Cup final against West Indies, when, barely able to walk, she limped in to bowl 10 overs and took 3 for 19.
More recently, Perry proved her credentials as a genuine all-rounder in back-to-back Ashes series. In 2014, she averaged 95.33 and was named Player of the Match in the only Test, as well as the overall Player of the Series, despite being on the losing team on both occasions. She was also at the heart of Australia regaining the Ashes in August 2015, topping the tables for both batting (264 runs) and bowling (16 wickets), once again earning the Player-of-the-Series award. Perry has proven to be the kind of player who looks capable of turning around any game, and probably the biggest superstar the women's game has produced to date. Raf Nicholson
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