Ellyse Perry attributes her leading 2017 into the rise of women’s sport, celebrating she wouldn’t be in such a rich vein of form if she wasn’t capable to train and function in a specialist environment.
The Australian allrounder capped a remarkable 12 months when she was named the ICC’s women’s cricketer of the year on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has been a standout for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award after her decisive campaign in this year’s Ashes which contained an unbeaten 213 in the Test at North Sydney Oval.
Perry will lineup to the Sydney Sixers in Saturday’s women’s Big Bash League fight against Hobart in the SCG and she says these sorts of opportunities have led to her purple spot.
With the WBBL along with Southern Stars enjoying exponential increase in interest, exposure and growth, she and her teammates have greater opportunities to play cricket.
She says spending time in the midst has resulted in her match evolving and she’s enjoying the fruits of her labours.
“I don’t think about (whether she’s in form). I think about what’s immediately on, whether that’s games or series and how you want to contribute to that,” Perry stated.
“I only wish to get much better, I believe everyone does, therefore it’s been pleasant to see that repay.
“Every time you’ve got a opportunity to spend time out in the center, you probably have a opportunity to improve and learn a bit more about your game.
“That’s the thing, in the previous 24 months I have been able to get to understand my game just a little bit better and I’m pretty confident in it”
Perry is capped for the Southern Stars in addition to the Australian women’s soccer team.
Several years ago she had been forced to give up her spot in the Matildas as the two games evolved towards being fully professional.
Back in 2014 her Matildas career came to a conclusion at 18 caps after she couldn’t commit enough time to football in addition to pursue cricket.
“I certainly miss football but I don’t feel angry that I’m not enjoying,” she explained.
“What has been occurring the last little bit was marvellous.”
Asked if she sometimes felt an excuse to tug on her football boots while watching the Matildas, Perry says: “I always think ‘geez, I’m up to now off the pace today’.
“But I love watching them and I believe they’re real title contenders for the World Cup in 2019.”