Ellyse Perry has laid down a marker for inclusion in the all-conquering Australian T20 squad after two impressive performances in England: “Class is permanent”.
The veteran star was not part of Australia’s gold medal-winning squad at the Commonwealth Games as she was unable to bowl due to a back injury and doubts over her scoring rate.
But the 31-year-old, re-introduced to the Sydney Sixers in the WBL for this season, went to work in England’s The Hundred with 58 off 31 balls in Birmingham Phoenix’s opening match in Cardiff on Saturday. And then an unbeaten 39 off 28 balls.
It was enough for her captain and WBBL rival Sophie Devin Perry to be impressed with what she can still deliver.
“She’s an amazing athlete,” Devin said. “And the way she showed her game.
“I know her critics are short-tempered, but what she’s done these two games, she’s shown that her class is durable.
“The way she managed that running chase. A few of the players were probably nervous on the field, but it’s a credit to the player that she knew she was there and was in complete control.
After reaffirming her commitment to the Sixers, Perry said she wants to play at home again.
“It’s great to be able to continue with the Sixers for another WBL season,” Perry said from Birmingham.
“The club has been an important part of my life, and I am particularly proud of the team’s achievements both on and off the field over the past seven years, particularly in terms of engaging and inspiring young girls and boys to get involved in cricket.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge this season presents, as well as the opportunity to play at home.”