Ellyse Perry is an Australian women’s cricketer who made her international debut for the Australian women’s cricket team at the age of 16.
This good-looking Australian all-rounder from Wahroonga, Sydney, in her 14 years of international cricket, has become one of the modern-day greats in the cricketing world.
So, here we have listed down the top 20 unknown facts about Ellyse Perry that every fan should know.
Ellyse Perry: 20 Unknown Facts Every fan should know
1) Birth facts
Ellyse Perry was born on 3rd November 1990 in the state of New South Wales in Australia.
2) Interest in various sports
From her childhood, she had an interest in many sports besides cricket like soccer, tennis, athletics, and golf.
At the age of nine, she became friends with her future Australian teammate Alyssa Healy and played cricket together.
3) Professional footballer
Perry played as a defender for Central Coast Mariners, Canberra United, and Sydney FC in the Australian women’s football league
It was only in 2012 when she shifted her complete focus to cricket.
4) International representation in two sports
At the age of 16, Ellyse Perry became the first Australian to appear in both cricket and soccer World Cups.
Ellyse made her debut in international cricket in July 2007 and a month later, made her debut for the Australian women’s football team in the 2008 Olympic qualifiers against Hong Kong.
5) Youngest Australian international cricketer
In July 2007, Ellyse made her international debut at the age of 16 and became the youngest Australian to appear in international cricket.
6) Youngest-ever Australian Test cricketer
In 2007, she helped New South Wales win the WNCL, and became the youngest-ever Australian Test cricketer when she made her Test debut in Bowral against England.
In this match, she picked one wicket and scored 43 runs at an average of 21.50
7) A star for the future
On 1st February 2008, she made her T20I debut against England at the MCG, played a crucial 29 run knock, and also picked four wickets to help Australia win by 21 runs.
She was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ in that match and people started considering her as a star for the future.
8) Maiden ODI half-century
During the international season of 2007-08, Ellyse scored her maiden ODI half-century against New Zealand.
9) T20 World Champions
Ellyse Perry was a member of the Australian cricket team that managed to win the 2010 T20 World Cup in the West Indies
She appeared in all of Australia’s matches and she was also the ‘Player of the Match’ in the finals.
10) Playing Sydney Grade Cricket
In November 2010, Perry made history by making his debut in a Poidevin-Gray Shield T20 match at Drummoyne Oval.
Playing for Sydney, she ended with figures of 2-14 and became the first woman in 117 years to play Sydney Grade Cricket.
11) A true fighter
Perry was Australia’s premier opening bowler for the 2013 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in India.
Before the final, she had an ankle injury but played the final, picked 3/19, and helped Australia win by 114 runs.
12) Ashes star
In the 2013–14 Women’s Ashes series, in the only Test match at Perth, Perry returned with bowling figures of 8/79 and top-scored for her team with 71 and 31 runs
Despite a 61-run victory going England’s way, Perry was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’
She was also awarded the Player of the Series for the 2015 Women’s Ashes in England.
13) First signing of WBBL
In 2015, Perry was the first signing of the women Sydney Sixers’ team and also become their captain for the inaugural season
14) Power couple
In 2015, she married popular Aussie Rugby player, Matt Touma
They got separated in 2020, but still, she and her ex-husband co-owns several cafés together
15) Towards Greatness
- In 2016, Ellyse Perry was named Wisden Women Cricketer of the year
- Perry was the 3rd highest run-getter with 404 runs in the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
16) Double Centurion
During the 2017 women’s Ashes series, Perry played a superb inning of 213 not out against England
This is the highest Test score for an Australian women’s cricketer, and by doing so, she became the 7th batswoman to score a double ton
17) Career records
- Ellyse is the 3rd highest individual run-scorer in women’s cricket behind Mithali Raj and Kiran Baluch.
- She is currently 5th highest wicket-taker in the ODIs with 152 wickets from 118 ODIs ( including three five-wicket hauls )
18) Other records
Ellyse Perry is the 2nd highest wicket-takers in T20Is with 115 wickets.
Perry is also the 7th highest runs getter in a single calendar year with 732 runs (2016)
19) Brand Endorsements
Perry is not only beautiful but has an incredibly charming presence in front of the TV screen
Perry has endorsed brands like Jockey, Hisense, and Weet-Bix, Red Bull, Microsoft, and Hublot
Her current endorsements include L’Oréal, Fox Sports, Commonwealth Bank, and Adidas
20) Ellyse Perry: Media presence
- In 2010, Ellyse hosted the ‘Football Stars of Tomorrow’ for One HD
- In 2013, the Sports Pro Magazine placed her in 36th place as the most marketable sportsperson in the world.
- HarperCollins released her first non-fiction book, titled Perspective, in 2019