At only 25 years of age, Ellyse Perry holds the rare distinction of being a current dual international, representing Australia in cricket and football (soccer).
Ellyse made her international debut for the Australian women’s cricket team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, in a One-Day International match in 2007 at the age of 16 years and 261 days. Two weeks later, she made her debut for the Australian women’s football team (the Matildas) in an Olympic Games qualifier against Hong Kong. Then, at the age of 17 years and 104 days, Ellyse made her Test cricket debut against England in a one-off Ashes Test, becoming the youngest ever Test cricketer, male or female.
During her career, Ellyse has had the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s best female athletes. Among her favourite highlights are taking on Brazil and the United States, two super powers in women’s soccer, and batting and bowling for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars against to win the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup, 2012 ICC T20 World Cup in India and the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. She was also named Player of the Series against England in the 2014 Ashes Series.
Then there was the sensational left foot goal she scored against Sweden in the quarter final of the 2011 World Cup – considered by many as the best goal ever by an Australian, male or female, in World Cup history. She has now earned 18 International caps for the Matildas.
During the summer, she plays for both the NSW Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League and Sydney FC in the W-League. In The 2012/13 season, Ellyse was part of the NSW Breakers side that won the Women's National Cricket League and the Women's T20 - this is the first time it has ever been done. In addition to that, Ellyse was part of the Sydney FC side that ended up winning the W-League Grand Final against Melbourne.
In May 2013, Respected British magazine SportsPro, in conjunction with Eurosport released a list of the 50 most marketable athletes on the planet. Criteria include value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed and crossover appeal. Ellyse was named 36th in the World, and 1st in Australia. The inclusion of Ellyse on this list was fantastic news, as she is the only Australian in the top 50 and the seventh highest woman.
Ellyse won 2014 Player of the Series in the Ashes Series v England and Player of the Series during the West Indies Tour of Australia.She was also a part of the NSW Breakers side which completed a record breaking 10 straight titles. In the recently completed 2015 Ashes series in the UK, Ellyse was once again named Player of the Series after topping the run-scoring and wicket-taking lists to further solidfy her stance as the leading player in Women's Cricket.
Ellyse was captain of the Sydney Sixers WBBL team who won the 2016/17 title.
Off the field, Ellyse can be found attending to her role as one of Cricket Australia’s National Female Cricket ambassadors, plus ambassador roles for Commonwealth Bank, FOX Sports, Priceline, Adidas, Optus and SCG Trust.
She does philanthropic work with the LBW Trust and McGrath Foundation. In addition to all of this, she is also studying for a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences at Sydney University.
With her positive attitude and determination, she’s one of Australia’s leading female athletes!