25 January, 2015. 15:30
JACO VAN DER MERWE | Cricket | Contact
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 World Cup Squad.
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 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. Patty (Cummins) and Jimmy (Faulkner) have seriously 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 contest 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 Fiance and ACT Brumbies Flyhalf.
“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 controversial serial selection, Shane Watson.
“After watching how pathetic Watson was against India in the test series, I assumed there was no other option but to select Ellyse as an all-rounder. It bids the question whether if it’s a popularity contest with the selector or if they are just flat out sexists!”
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.
Perry turned the final against the West Indies in Australia’s favour with a lower order batting masterclass scoring 25 off just 22 balls whilst remaining not out. It did not stop there with Perry ripping through the top order taking the “Calypso Crusaders” score from 0/32 to 3/41 with three wickets that broke the West Indies team spine. She eventually finished with match figures of 3/19 off her 10 overs and was very unlucky to miss out on the player of the match award.
“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.
Perry explained to us that she “totally understands” the selections of young gun all-rounders Mitch Marsh and James Faulkner but feels that she could not have done anymore to prove herself above other “borderline” players.
It has been a tough 12 months for Perry after she was dropped from the Matilda’s, Australia’s women’s football team, upon the appointment of new coach Hesterine de Reus.
De Reus indicated that Perry was not selected for the Australian squad because, with her dual commitments to cricket and football, she felt that Perry was not playing enough football games to maintain world-class standard.
Chairman of Selector’s Rod Marsh was contacted for comment but declined.