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Australia’s mens cricket side have been today advised to follow the lead of less-self-important Australian athletes and get a second job, that’s if they want to be on the same pay grade as Australia’s highest paid cricketer, Ellyse Perry.
The Australian mens cricketers will boycott an Australia A tour of South Africa unless Cricket Australia kicks into gear to resolve the current pay dispute.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association held an emergency meeting in Sydney on Sunday where they threatened to boycott the Australia A tour, scheduled to start on July 12.
Around 230 cricketers are unemployed after the pay deal between CA and the ACA expired on Friday.
Cricket Australia has come forward and said the eagerness of Australia’s professional femaler athletes is something that the men ought to take on board, if they want to be paid to play sport.
“Just do what Ellyse Perry does and get a second job, that’s if you want to be paid a decent wage”
“She doesn’t get nearly as much as you blokes do and she stills represents Australia with pride in both soccer and cricket”
However, the reference to Ellyse Perry by Cricket Australia has spawned another debate about why she hasn’t been selected to represent Australia at the highlest level in the interim.
Arguably Australia’s most gifted athlete, Ellyse Perry, has been left scratching her head after she has sensationally been left out of the Australian Men’s Cricket Side, despite being the highest-paid cricketer in Australia.
Perry, who is an international women’s representative in both Football and Cricket, has expressed her bemusement after not getting the nod before the likes of other, less talented, unpaid men.
“I was pretty shocked in all honesty”, said Perry
“I had spoken to a couple of the selectors and was pretty confident that I would make the squad. The Australia A boys been messaging me non-stop about it.”
Perry, a bowling all-rounder, has been a model of consistency for the Australian women’s cricket team which prompted questions about whether she has what it takes to play against the men.
A native of the Lower North Shore suburb of Wahroonga, she has averaged 36.03 with the bat and 24.01 with the ball over 64 contests in the Green and Gold.
If Perry had been selected she would have made history becoming the first women to represent their country in the men’s version of the game following in the footsteps of Michelle Wie in golf, Danica Patrick in NASCAR and Kelly Kulick in Ten-Pin Bowling.
“I’ve had enough, It’s an absolute joke” said Matt Toomua, Perry’s husband and Wallaby journeyman.
“She has proved herself at every level of the game, she has a better average then a vast majority (in the squad) and she is definitely quicker than some.” He said with reference to the Wallabies.
Perry has had World Cup success before where she was one of the players of the Tournament when the Aussie Women were victorious in India in 2013.
“I know that I’m good enough to play at that level and my previous results show just how good I am at stepping up when it counts” exclaimed an understandably upset Perry.
“Why bother paying me more than the rest if I’m not getting a start”
Perry explained to us that she “totally understands” the selections of young gun all-rounders from the A side, but feels that she could not have done anymore to prove herself above other “borderline” players.
The Chairman of Selectors was contacted for comment but declined on either issue.