One name in world cricket has shone brighter than most during the course of the last decade. For women’s cricket, she has been nothing short of a transcendental figure, becoming its first major superstar. A premier all-rounder, she has left everyone in awe due to her exceptional skills with both the bat and the ball. Excelling in two major sports is no easy task. Apart from this, she has also proudly carried the torch of being the glamour girl of world cricket. Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has achieved all this and much more with great elan!
A tough decision
Hailing from Australia, a land of rich sporting heritage, Perry excelled in two major sports as a teenager – football and cricket. Such was her talent, that both the associations fought tooth and nail to retain her services. She represented the Australian football team 18 times, scoring 3 goals, operating as a defender. In the end, the choice of sport was taken out of her hands. The head coach of the national football team, Hesterine de Reus, decided not to select Perry any longer for the side in 2014. Her reasoning was that due to Perry’s dual commitments, she was not playing enough matches to operate at the highest level. Football’s loss certainly turned out to be cricket’s gain!
The undisputed superstar of the Southern Stars!
Since her debut in 2007, Perry has taken Australian cricket by storm. All-rounders of her mettle are hard to come by and she has truly established herself as a generational talent. Exceeding expectations in all the three formats, Perry has some major accomplishments to her name in international cricket. Some of them include winning the Belinda Clark Award for Australian Women’s Cricketer of the Year three times (2016, 2018 and 2019) and the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year two times (2017 and 2019).
The Glamourous One
Talent in sports along with deadly good looks is always an explosive package. Some of the biggest name in women’s sports like Maria Sharapova and Lindsey Vonn have tasted success both on and off the field. Ellyse Perry is no different. She has graced the covers of some big magazines in Australia like Women’s Health and JetStar. She has also been declared one of Australia’s most marketable athletes, with a slew of big endorsement deals including Adidas and Fox. Perry is also an accomplished author, penning four children’s and one non-fictional book.
Off the market
Perry has been in a steady relationship with Australian rugby superstar Matt Toomua since 2013. They got engaged in 2014 before tying the knot on 19th December 2015. Talk about a sporting power couple!