WBBL 08: Australian star Ellyse Perry is all set to lead her WBBL franchise, Sydney Sixers yet again for the 8th season of Weber Women’s Big Bash League. She is a foundation member of the team and has led them for all 8 seasons out of which they have claimed two. The player seems extremely excited and immensely happy to come back to the idea and lead them yet again.
“It’s so lovely to be able to continue at the Sixers for another WBBL season,” Ellyse Perry said from Birmingham. “The club has been such a significant part of my career, and I am especially proud of what the team has been able to achieve, both on and off the field, over the last seven years, especially in terms of engaging and inspiring lots of young girls and boys to be involved in cricket. I’m really looking forward to the challenge this season presents, and also the opportunity to play at home again.”
The player with her teammates will be seen training under a new coach and mentor Charlotte Edwards after Ben Sawyer left to train the Kiwi squad. She has shown immense trust in Perry, who hasn’t been able to secure a spot on the international side since October. She was left out of the Commonwealth Games squad for Australia and is now seen playing her Hundred at Birmingham.
Ellyse Perry has been a fantastic player who has huge numbers and records to her name. She has 264 games’ experience and her comeback at the Hundred has been equally impressive. She scored 58 in the first game and 39* in her second. Edwards’ job is to make Perry capable of joining her international squad yet again and to help her make it to the World Cup next year.
“I know she’ll want to be in that T20 World Cup XI” – Charlotte Edwards on Ellyse Perry
While congratulating her on her return to the squad, Edwards said, “That was the appeal and the attraction of the job, to work with someone like her and get her back in that playing XI for Australia and help her and support her in doing that. We all see what a wonderful player she is; for me, she’s the greatest of all time in terms of what she’s done in the game.”
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She continued: “The first time I ever played against Ellyse Perry, she was 17 and whacking sixes at the MCG. That’s what I want her to do for the Sixers, she’ll be encouraged to do that and we’ll hopefully get the best out of her. I know she’ll want to be in that T20 World Cup XI in South Africa and hopefully, the Sixers will play a big part in her achieving that.”
Further speaking of her batting position in the squad Edwards said, “It’s about being flexible to put the right player in at the right time. (Perry’s) played some really good knocks at the end of the innings and I think it’s just encouraging her to keep being that aggressive player. The opportunity to work with her and know that she still has that desire to want to be better and keep improving, that’s the type of people you want in your group.”
“I know when you get past 30, people sometimes leave you alone. I really want to be on that journey with her, to keep improving her as a player and help in any way I can,” she added.
Ellyse Perry will join the international bests of Ashleigh Gardener and Alyssa Healy. They will play their first game against Brisbane Heat on October 13th.
Sydney Sixers WBBL 08 Squad (so far):
Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ash Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry (C).