Apr 152014
 

Australia’s bowling legend McGrath and women all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet the Royals in a special event at the Sydney Opera House

McGrath, Perry to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton (© AFP)

Sydney: Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath and woman all-rounder Ellyse Perry will meet Prince William and Kate Middleton on Wednesday in a special event at the Sydney Opera House here when the 2015 ICC World Cup and participating nations will be showcased.

The event will highlight the diversity of cricket as the royal couple will be greeted by children from the 14 participating nations and presented special indigenously painted cricket bats along with a baby 'baggy green' for their son Prince George.

Three-time World Cup champion McGrath and the youngest Australian to play international cricket Perry will be joined by 2015 ICC World Cup chief executive John Harnden and Cricket Australia (CA) director Michael Kasprowicz to meet the royal couple.

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Apr 062014
 
Aussies smash England in T20 final

Ellyse Perry (L) and Jess Cameron celebrate their victory over England.

Ellyse Perry (L) and Jess Cameron celebrate their victory over England. Source: PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

AUSTRALIA has claimed its third-straight women’s World T20 title after hammering England in the final in Dhaka, ending a year of agony against its great rivals.

Dual-international Ellyse Perry hit the winning runs to secure a crushing six-wicket victory for the Southern Stars, reaching the target of 106 with almost five overs to spare.

It was a third world T20 title for Australia, who lost back-to-back Ashes series in 2013-14.

The target set by England proved way too small, as captain Meg Lanning (44 off 30 balls) and another young veteran in the form of Perry (31 not out off 32) added 60 in just over eight overs for the third wicket.

The Southern Stars celebrated their victory in style.

The Southern Stars celebrated their victory in style. Source: Getty Images

Australia smashed ten fours and four sixes and kept England to just eight boundaries.

Lanning was out just two runs shy of the target and veteran Alex Blackwell (0 off 3) was trapped lbw with the scores level.

Elyse Villani (12 off 17) and Jess Jonassen (15 off 8) got the chase off to a quick start.

Earlier, England fell well short of a competitive total thanks to a superb spell of bowling by Sarah Coyte.

The Aussie pace bowler finishes with figures of 3-16 from her four overs, maintaining a tight line that frustrated the English batters. England couldn’t build a partnership of more than 33 runs and Heather Knight (23 off 24 balls) was the only England batter to pass 20.

Meg Lanning was superb with the bat once again.

Meg Lanning was superb with the bat once again. Source: Getty Images

The wickers were shared among the Australian attack. Coyte (3-16 off 4 overs) was the most successful and was named player of the match for her efforts.

Speedster Perry (2-13 off 4) new ball bowler Rene Farrell (2-27 of 4) also claimed multiple wickets, while spinner Jonassen (0-16 off 4) bowled a tight spell.

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Nov 112013
 
National Cricket Centre best in the world

National Cricket Centre head coach Troy Cooley believes Australia now has the best cricket training facilities in the world.

The former England bowling coach claims the $29 million centre, which opens its doors in Brisbane today, has cherry-picked the best ideas from high performance facilities around the world to give Australian cricketers the best possible environment to hone their skills.

“We’ve had the privilege of looking at all those centres, taking out all the good parts, adding what we think is the world’s best and we’ve got this centre now. This is cutting edge, this is in front of all the centres I know and have been involved with,” Cooley said.

The state of the art facility at Allan Border Field includes a rehabilitation centre, a gymnasium housing an anti-gravity treadmill, and an advanced motion analysis camera system.

At the indoor training centre, athletes will train on a variety of match surfaces that simulate both pace and spin friendly wickets.
But Cooley believes athletes still need to be driven if they are going to improve their game.  

“I think it’s going to be up to them but we’re going to have an environment where outdoors and indoors we going to have the sports science, sports medicine programme behind them,” Cooley said.

“We’ve got facilities like the pool, we’ve got facilities like the gymnasium. It all ties in nicely to give them a really good environment to chase their dreams now.”

A key focus of the Centre will be unearthing the next generation of elite cricketers.

“There’ll be a wide range of people using this place, from 14 and 15 year olds right through to the very best players we have in the country,” said Belinda Clark, the centre’s senior manager.

“It’s a little bit about honing at the top end but it’s a lot about developing and profiling and making sure that we’ve got the best athletes with the best coaches and the best scientists working together earlier in their career than has ever happened before.”

Now the construction is complete, Clark is keen to get the athletes through the doors.

“I can’t wait to see their reaction” she said. “Having the likes of David Warner, Ryan Harris and Ellyse Perry coming through and preparing for matches in the near future it will be great to see their reaction.”

Cooley is also keenly anticipating the players’ reactions.

“I hope it’s going to be “Wow!” Cooley said. “We have a world class facility outdoors and now we have a world class facility indoors so I hope they say “Wow! How is this going to make me better?””

First Posted 12 November, 2013 11:13AM AEST

Aug 102013
 
Perry primed for Ashes glory

Ellyse Perry

Back in action … After recovering from an ankle injury sustained during a World Cup winning campaign, Ellyse Perry is ready to take on the Poms Source: AAP

WHEN Ellyse Perry came in to bowl her opening ball of February’s World Cup final, she pulled out of her run-up.

Despite a local anaesthetic dulling the feeling in her ankle, she knew something was up.

The ankle, which hadn’t been feeling right since the end of last year and had forced her out of the three matches leading into the final, had finally given out.

Medical specialists would later say that was probably the moment she fractured it.

“I felt a really strange sensation in my ankle, a lot different to how it had been feeling,’’ Perry said.

“It caught me by surprise. Those first two times that I tried to run in and bowl I just wasn’t quite sure how to do it with that sensation. After that it was OK, I managed to figure out the best way to bowl with it.”

The 22-year-old forged on to take 3-19 (claiming the top three batters) in 10 overs to lead the Aussies to victory over the West Indies in the one-day crown decider.

“Any pain I felt was certainly subdued by the fact the match was going on and I was playing with the girls –  it was a World Cup final,” Perry said.

“I think I felt really indebted to the support that I’d had. It was a thrill to be out in the field having sat back and watched the three games prior.”

After two rounds of surgery and making a new “best friend”  – her recovery tool the ‘game ready’, a transportable device that pumps ice cold water into a pack that is strapped around the ankle, cooling the joint while also compressing – she bowled 10 overs at Radlett on Tuesday, the most since February, and is primed for the sole Ashes Test match, which starts Sunday at Wormsley.

“To be able to get through everything and not even notice it is a really nice thing,” she said.

“Hopefully it will be fine and I’ll just be able to concentrate on playing again.

“I think it’ll always be something that’s in the back of my mind because I’ve had that experience now. But aside from the fact it takes me a little bit longer after a match to recover, I feel great.”

As she showed in India in February, and as friend and teammate Alyssa Healy said earlier this week, even an underdone Perry is better than none at all.

“She’s one of those people you want in your team regardless of how fit she is,” Healy said.

“The fact that she’s a matchwinner with the ball and even with the bat, you’d probably take her if she was 50 per cent (fit) to be fair.”

Perry burst on to the national scene as a 16-year-old, and Australian vice captain Alex Blackwell remembers the moment.

“Pez hadn’t played any national league games,” Blackwell said.

“There would have been a bit of talk about that selection, given that hadn’t been done before.

“It was a little bit of a risk picking someone that hadn’t been competing at over-age level, but she took that on. It didn’t faze her at all. She automatically looked like she belonged.”

While she’s renowned for her fast bowling – she has an enviable rhythm and makes the task of bowling quick at a consistently good length look easy – it’s her batting that sets her apart.

“If she played for a different state (not New South Wales) she’d probably be batting No.3,” Blackwell said.

It comes down to hours in the nets with her dad Mark – and plenty of experience as a junior.

“As a kid I was always a batter because I was really short,” Perry said.

“It wasn’t until I had a growth spurt and got a little bit stronger that I figured out I could bowl a little bit quicker that I concentrated on bowling.

“I still love batting. I’ve always done quite a bit of work on my batting.’’

She was so short that when she first met Healy, when they were about nine, she was given the nickname Dags.

“We called her Dags because her clothes were 10 sizes too big,” Healy said.

“She was tiny.’’

Healy said Perry was “good to be around” and while she’s not the joker on tour, she still gets a laugh out of her teammates.

“We always laugh that Pez comes out with one funny on tour and this tour she’s had four already,” she said.

Healy is not surprised Perry can juggle being both an Australian cricketer and soccer player.

“She looks after her body, she looks after her mind,’’ Healy said.

“She’s able to handle both workloads. It’s incredibly tough for someone to do that at the top level in both sports. She’d probably be the only person that could probably do it considering the way she handles herself.”

Mark and Perry’s mum Kathy will be at the Ashes Test match, but boyfriend Matt Toomua , who plays rugby union for the ACT Brumbies and is in the Wallabies squad, can’t make it because of the upcoming Bledisloe Cup.

Perry was recently voted the 36th most marketable athlete by SportsPro magazine.

But the title doesn’t sit easy with Perry.

“Any little bit of success that I’ve had is solely attributed to the teams I’ve been involved with, whether it be cricket or soccer,” she said.

“It’s a bit of an uncomfortable thing. For example the magazine poll, I’m not really sure of the criteria for something like that.

“…It’s a wonderful position to be in. I play sport because I love it. I’m very fortunate.”

And it means little to her teammates.

“You hear a lot about the marketability, but all I see in Ellyse is, ‘gee she works hard in the gym’,” Blackwell said.

“She’s got a lot of cricket left in her. It’s pretty exciting to see what she has in front of her in terms of just how good she could be as a cricketer. We don’t really think about the other stuff that she brings to our sport.

“She has brought good things in terms of people talk about our sport more because we’ve got someone like Ellyse in our team.”

As long as the promotion of women’s sport is helping get young girls off the couch, Perry is happy.

“I’ve always seen what I do as more of a self-indulgent passion more than anything,” Perry said.

“There are aspects of sport that are really important for community and society and there’s plenty of things that as an elite athlete you can do to make sure that you’re fostering those benefits.

“But from my point of view a doctor does so many more wonderful and fantastic things that deserve a lot more praise than anything I’ve ever done.”

Mar 122013
 
Ellyse Perry Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery
Ellyse Perry Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Ellyse Perry Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Ellyse Perry has undergone ankle surgery but is expected to be back fit in time for the Ashes in August

©ICC/Solaris Images

Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle and now faces up three months on the sidelines.

She is aiming to be able to run again in six weeks and it may be 10-12 weeks before she can start bowling.

Perry helped Australia win the 2010 and 2012 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 competitions and defied th injury to play a leading role in their subsequent 2013 Women’s World Cup victory over West Indies Women in India.

“Due to Ellyse having enforced rest from the stress fracture, it was felt that now was the time to manage these chronic bone spurs,” Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said.

“At this stage her anticipated return to running will be minimum six weeks and her return to bowling will be 10-12 weeks.”

Despite the long lay-off, she may not miss any international cricket, as Australia are not in action until they take on England in the Ashes Test which begins on 11th August.

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