Perry Takes a Step Closer to His Bowling Comeback, Fueled by Olympic


Perry Takes a Step Closer to His Bowling Comeback, Fueled by

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Ellyse Perry is leaving the door open for her international cricket career to potentially extend all the way to the 2028 Olympics. However, her immediate focus remains on the ongoing ODI series against West Indies and making a successful return to bowling.

Perry embarked on her journey toward an all-round comeback in Melbourne on Tuesday, marking her first time bowling since a knee injury sustained at the conclusion of Australia’s one-day tour of Ireland in July.

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At the age of 32, Ellyse Perry has affirmed her commitment to playing as a specialist batter and will not participate as a bowler in the remaining one-day matches against West Indies. She also does not anticipate being fully prepared to bowl her full quota of overs when the Sydney Sixers’ WBBL|09 campaign commences next week. However, she remains optimistic about returning to peak form early in the season.

Perry expressed her delight in working with Scott Prestwidge, the team’s bowling coach, and the progress made during training sessions in England. Unfortunately, her knee injury forced her to pause this training regimen over the past few months.

In Melbourne on Tuesday, Perry rejoined Prestwidge for a training session, describing it as a fun experience. She eagerly anticipates the upcoming summer and hopes to make valuable contributions with her bowling.

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Cricket is on the verge of an Olympic resurgence, ending a 128-year hiatus, with plans for its inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Ellyse Perry, who has been a stalwart of the Australian squad since her debut at the age of 16 in 2007, would need to extend her illustrious 289-game (and ongoing) international career into its third decade to potentially participate in this historic event.

While Perry has already been part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games campaign in Birmingham last year, she is enthusiastic about the prospects of cricket’s return to the Olympics. She views it as an opportunity of immense significance, akin to the prestige of an ICC World Cup.

I’d certainly love to continue contributing and being part of the group if I’m still enjoying it and able to make meaningful contributions. However, I haven’t set my sights on anything specific just yet, so we’ll see,” Perry remarked.

I believe it would be a momentous occasion for every team involved. It’s a remarkable development for the sport, presenting a new and incredible opportunity within a prestigious competition.

To be a part of such an event – we had the privilege of experiencing the Commonwealth Games quite recently, and that was an extraordinary event to be involved in.”

Thursday’s second one-day match at Junction Oval will see the reunion of the 11 remaining members of Australia’s 1973 World Cup squad, commemorating 50 years since the inception of the inaugural tournament in the United Kingdom.

One of the squad members, Australian Hall of Fame inductee Marg Jennings, met with Ellyse Perry at Junction Oval on Tuesday. Jennings, who also served as a former national selector, played a pivotal role in Perry’s debut at the tender age of 16 in 2007, a decision made even before the young all-rounder had her first appearance at the state level.

It’s truly remarkable; I believe it holds great significance,” Perry reflected.

The women’s game has undergone immense transformation and evolution over the past decade or so.

But even before that, there were remarkable women who paved the way for us, establishing the game’s foundations and providing us with the opportunities we have enjoyed in recent times.

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Australia Squad

  • Alyssa Healy (Captain)
  • Tahlia McGrath (Vice-Captain)
  • Darcie Brown
  • Ashleigh Gardner
  • Kim Garth
  • Jess Jonassen
  • Alana King
  • Phoebe Litchfield
  • Beth Mooney
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Megan Schutt
  • Annabel Sutherland
  • Georgia Wareham

West Indies Squad

  • Hayley Matthews (Captain)
  • Shemaine Campbelle (Vice-Captain)
  • Aaliyah Alleyne
  • Shamilia Connell
  • Afy Fletcher
  • Cherry Ann Fraser
  • Shabika Gajnabi
  • Jannillea Glasgow
  • Chinelle Henry
  • Zaida James
  • Djenaba Joseph
  • Ashmini Munisar
  • Karishma Ramharack
  • Stafanie Taylor
  • Rashada Williams


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