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Biography And Interesting Facts About Ellyse Perry

Biography And Interesting Facts About Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Alexandra Perry was born in 3 November 1990, is an Australian sportswoman who has represented her country in cricket and association football. Having made her debut for both the national cricket team and the national soccer team at the age of 16, Perry is the youngest Australian to play international cricket and the first to have appeared in both ICC and FIFA World Cups. Gradually becoming a single-sport professional athlete from 2014 onward, Perry’s acclaimed cricket career has continued to flourish and she is now widely considered to be one of the greatest female players ever.

A genuine all-rounder, Perry’s mastery of both batting and fast bowling disciplines is reflected in several statistical achievements—she was the first player to amass a combined 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in T20Is, she holds the record for the highest score by an Australian woman in Test matches (213 not out), and she was the third player to claim 150 wickets in women’s ODIs. Her contribution to various successful teams at international and domestic level across cricket’s primary formats has led to winning six world championships with Australia, eleven WNCL championships with New South Wales, and two WBBL championships with the Sydney Sixers. She has also been recognised with numerous individual honours, such as winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award and the Belinda Clark Award three times each, and being named as one of the Wisden Five Cricketers of the Decade: 2010–19.

Due to her on-field performance, off-field marketability and stature as “the ultimate role model”, Perry is credited as a leading figure for the rising female presence in Australia’s sporting culture. In October 2021, during Australia’s home series against India, Perry became the most capped female player for Australia in international cricket, playing in her 252nd match.

Perry was born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga, attending Beecroft Primary School and Pymble Ladies’ College. She was Sports, Athletics, and Cricket Captain at Pymble. During her school years, she played a range of sports beside cricket and soccer, such as tennis, athletics, touch football and golf. She became friends with future Australian teammate Alyssa Healy at the age of nine, and they played cricket together throughout childhood. Healy occasionally referred to her as “Dags” because of an ill-fitting uniform she wore at junior level, though Perry is more commonly known by the nickname “Pez”.

Soon after turning 16, Perry played cricket for New South Wales in an under-19 interstate tournament in January 2007. In three matches, she scored 74 runs and took three wickets. A month later, she was selected in the Australian youth team for a tour of New Zealand, playing against the hosts’ second XI. She scored 43 runs at 21.50 and took one wicket at 100.00.