Ellyse Perry has laid down a marker for reinclusion in the all-conquering Australian T20 team with two stunning performances in England that proved “class is permanent”.
While the veteran superstar was in the Australian squad at the Commonwealth Games, she didn’t crack it for a game in the gold medal winning team as a result of a back injury that prevented her bowling and doubts over her scoring rate.
But the 31-year-old, who has also re-committed to the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL for this season, has gone to work in The Hundred in England with scores of 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 Devine to marvel at what Perry can still deliver.
“She is such a fantastic athlete,” Devine said. “The way she has evolved her game as well.
“I know she has her critics around the shorter formats, but what she has done these last two games, she’s shown her class is permanent
“The way she was able to manage that run chase. A few of the players were maybe getting nervous on the sideline, but knowing she is out there, and had full control of it, is full credit to the player she is.”
After re-affirming her commitment to the Sixers, Perry said she was looking forward to playing at home again.
“It’s so lovely to be able to continue at the Sixers for another WBBL season,” 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.“