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In focus: Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry at Lord's in 2013
Ellyse Perry at Lord's in 2013

Ahead of MCC Women v Rest of the World Women on Monday 19 May at Lord's, Raf Nicholson profiles the golden girl of women's cricket, Ellyse Perry.

Ellyse Perry (Australia & Rest of the World)

Once described in a song as “Jacques Kallis and Pele morphed into a girl”, Ellyse Perry is a supremely talented sportswoman who has represented Australia in both football and cricket World Cups.

The biggest superstar the women’s game has produced

Perry became the youngest cricketer to represent Australia in 2007 at the age of 16, and her pace and deadly accuracy have since seen her become the spearhead of the Australian pace attack.

Though she played a vital role in all four of Australia’s World Cup victories in as many years, she will forever be remembered for the 2013 final against the West Indies in which, barely able to walk, she limped in to bowl 10 overs and took 3/19 in the process.

More recently, “Pez” has cemented her status as a genuine all-rounder in back-to-back Ashes series.

In the 2013-14 series, she averaged 95.33 and was awarded Player of the Match in the Test and overall Player of the Series, despite being on the losing team on both occasions.

Perry is the kind of player who looks capable of turning around any game she plays in, and is probably the biggest superstar the women’s game has produced to date.

Ellyse Perry: Lord's is like a fairytale

Other players: MCC v Rest of the World

Rachel Priest (New Zealand & RoW)

When Rachel Priest received her call-up to the New Zealand national side in 2007, she was working in an apple orchard; she said at the time that her selection came as a bit of a shock.

A technically excellent and agile wicket-keeper, she has been the White Ferns’ first choice with the gloves since her international debut against Australia in late 2007.

A lower-order batsman renowned for her ability to score runs quickly late in the game, she hit 42 off 50 balls in her first international match, and has continued to impress with the bat.

Her 42* from 32 balls against Sri Lanka in the play-off at the recent World Twenty20, for which she was awarded Player of the Match, helped secure the Kiwis a fifth place position and automatic qualification for the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Another highlight took place in 2012 when, captaining her team Central Hinds, she became the first centurion in New Zealand women’s domestic Twenty20s.

Holly Colvin (England & MCC)

Aged just 15, Holly made history in 2005 when she became the youngest player to represent England at senior level.

She was drafted in to the Test side at the last minute after both captain and coach decided they needed another left-arm spinner: “It was pure hunch”, said skipper Clare Connor afterwards.

Despite continual sledging from the Australians - “what’s a schoolgirl doing in the team?” - Colvin took three wickets in their first innings and narrowly missed out on a hat-trick.

She has since fully justified the early faith shown in her by the selectors, juggling A-levels and a degree in Natural Sciences at Durham University with star performances in England’s double World Cup win in 2009.

Of particular note were her nine wickets in the inaugural Women’s World Twenty20 at an economy rate of 5.30.

More recently, she had the series of her career against the West Indies last autumn, taking 4/17 in the third ODI and helping England achieve their first ever series victory in the Caribbean.

Her dangerous, flighted deliveries have taken her to the top of the list of English wicket-takers in women’s T20Is, with 63 wickets.

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