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The former football star became a cricketing legend

The former football star became a cricketing legend

Becoming one of the best players to ever play in their respective sport is something almost every athlete dreams of. But for Ellyse Perry, it’s her reality.

Not only is the Australian considered to be the best women’s cricketer in history, but she has also made waves as a footballer.

Perry made her football and cricket debut in 2007 and is the only Australian in history to have competed in both the ICC and FIFA World Cups.

The remarkable thing about Perry is his twin sports career. For nearly a decade, the Aussie phenom played both sports, before she was forced to choose one full-time.

The majority of Perry’s success has come from the cricket pitch, but she also has a lot to celebrate as a former footballer.

A career in football

Perry made his debut for the Australian national team just two weeks after playing his first international cricket match. At 16, she had already written her name in history.

The Australian needed just two minutes to score her first international goal, contributing to a whopping 8-1 win over Hong Kong in an Olympic qualifier.

Although he mainly played as a defender, Perry was a proponent of a goal both domestically and internationally.

She joined her first club, Central Club Mariners, in 2008, before signing for Canberra United where she won the club’s Player of the Year award and was named W-League Young Player of the Year. in 2009.

The rising star also won the W-League title with Canberra in 2012, before leaving the capital for his next club.

Perry then spent four years at Sydney FC, where she played alongside now Chelsea superstar Sam Kerr and England international Jodie Taylor.

In addition to her individual accolades and W-League title, Perry featured at the 2011 FIFA World Cup, where she became the first Australian player to represent her nation at World Cup level in football and in cricket.

Focus on cricket full time

In 2012, Perry was asked to choose between the two sports she loved.

She continued to juggle the two for another three years, but a scheduling conflict became unavoidable and Perry finally played her final W-League game in 2015.

She admitted her path to a career in one sport came naturally, but stressed that she “really enjoyed [her] time to play football.

After swapping her football boots for batting pads, Perry became one of the greatest female cricketers ever.

When she debuted at just 16, she had no idea what heights she would reach and how many people she would inspire.

Now 31, Perry has established herself over the years as a true all-around player, dominating both her batting and bowling abilities.

Her sparkling portfolio includes 11 National Women’s Cricket League titles with the New South Wales Breakers, five ICC Women’s World Twenty20 titles and a World Cup after Australia beat West Indies for the trophy in 2013.

In addition to her team accomplishments, Perry has been honored for her individual performances over the years.

She was voted ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Cricketer of the Decade for 2011-20, and named Women’s Ashes Player of the Series three times.

Perry is also a three-time recipient of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award, which honors the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

In October 2021, she officially became Australia’s most capped women’s player after making her 252nd appearance.

While Perry is known for her amazing cricketing career, perhaps her most impressive achievement has been managing a twin sporting era for as long as she has.

The Australian has poured her heart and soul into football and cricket for almost a decade and has won prestigious accolades – both team and individual – along the way. For this, among the many other things that make Perry the ultimate role model, she will go down in sports history.


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