“She’s good enough for the World Cup” – So why can’t Ellyse play with the boys?

“She’s good enough for the World Cup” – So why can’t Ellyse play with the boys?
Ellyse Perry: An athlete who is good enough to represent Australia in cricket and football
Ellyse Perry: An athlete who is good enough to represent Australia in cricket and football17 January, 2015. 15:30

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.”

Ellyse Perry and her new fiance, Rugby great, Matt Toomua
Ellyse Perry and her new fiance, Rugby great, Matt Toomua

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.

Ten pin bowling revolutionary, Kelly Kulick reacts during the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday. Kulick made history as the first woman to win a PBA Tour title with a 265-195
Ten pin bowling revolutionary, Kelly Kulick reacts during the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday. Kulick made history as the first woman to win a PBA Tour title with a 265-195

“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.

Perry's boyfriend, Matt Toomua is known for his temper and has not held back with his upset over her selection
Perry’s boyfriend, Matt Toomua is known for his temper and has not held back with his upset over her selection

“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.

The Australian men's world cup side looks quite grim stepping into the ICC competition this year
The Australian men’s world cup side looks quite grim stepping into the ICC competition this year

“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.

8 Responses to "“She’s good enough for the World Cup” – So why can’t Ellyse play with the boys?"

  1. McJobs   January 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Not sure if this article is serious…

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  2. McJobs   January 25, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Regardless, it was very poorly edited

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  3. Joe   January 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Why should she be able to play for the mens team? does that mean Watson or even Smith can play for the womens team? Sometimes there are sports where the men only want to play against other men and women against other women. Think of the complications of the dressing room, she will be secluded from the other players because people want to change without the other sex watching them, plus the male players themselves will have to watch the language they say because she might call them out as sexist with some of the jokes. I believe the only way she will play with the men in a cricket game is if there is a mixed format of the game, leave the womens side and the mens side as they are.

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    • Aleysha   January 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      There’s a difference to men playing for women and women playing for men, she wants to play up a level which is the men’s cricket, the men wouldn’t go and play down a grade to the women’s cricket would they??? She is better than Watson, he’s played shit cricket for ages.. It’s completely on a favourite pick and sexism straight up! Why would they want to mix a girl into the group? She could play better than the men, then what? All hell would break loose. Pathetic!

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  4. jacktheripper   January 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

    This is fine – but if you want it one way you have to have it the other. If women play on men’s squads, men have to be allowed to play on female squads.

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  5. Daniel   January 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I am a male not quite good enough to make the mens Australia team but I am good enough to make the female team. Why can’t I play with the girls? If you want true gender equality you need to eliminate the devision of male and female sport at all ages and levels and pick people purely on talent. I wonder how many women would prefer this?

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  6. Liam   April 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    If she’s good enough she should be picked. It’s actually not the mens grade but its the top level of cricket which means you should pick the best players the country has to offer. If that includes a women then pick her to play…………..

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