Australia’s former football and current cricket superstar, Ellyse Perry turned 27 on November 3.
Ellyse Perry made her football as well cricket debut in 2007 for Australia at a very young of 16. She became the youngest Australian to play international cricket.
She was also the first Australian to represent the country in two sports world cup.
She kept playing both the sports for Australian national teams and kept switching from one spot to other during the tenure, which frustrated some of her coaches.
In 2014, Perry had to make a choice between cricket and football, though, she loves both the sports, but she preferred cricket over soccer.
“I had more opportunity in cricket,” she told Daily Telegraph during an interview.
“Cricket is played over a longer period, a fair bit more individual. There are more isolated incidents in the game,” she says. “There are often more introverts in cricket, a lot more thinkers, a slower pace, whereas soccer teams I’ve been in have had more extroverts and bigger personalities,” she added.
Perry has shined for Australian cricket team since she made her debut. She is a key bowler for the Southern Stars as well as an instrumental player for them with the bat.
The medium-pace all-rounder has scored 2,413 runs at an average of 50.54 in 94 ODIs. Whereas, she has scored 797 runs in 82 T20is at an average of 26.56 with a strike rate of 102.83.
On the other hand, she has hunted 126 and 77 batters in ODIs and T20is respectively.
She has also represented Australia in six Test matches, where she has scored 219 runs at an average of 31.28 and has struck 27 times, picking up five-wicket haul twice.
Her all-round statistics definitely make her one of most prolific players of women cricket.