Lendlease Breakers’ and Australian Women’s Cricket Team all-rounder Ellyse Perry is feeling better than ever as she prepares to travel to England on Saturday in defence of ICC Women’s World Cup title.
The tournament, taking place in England and Wales, will see Perry and her team-mates, including fellow Lendlease Breakers Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Sarah Aley and Belinda Vakarewa, help Australia chase a remarkable seventh World Cup title.
No stranger to performing on the world stage, Perry highlighted how special the game’s premier tournament was and that having experienced a World Cup before had helped with her preparations.
“We’ve got quite an experienced squad with a blend of some new faces as well and I’m really excited about that,” Perry said.
“This is going to be the biggest World Cup we’ve ever had, given how much the game has grown in recent years. Every team is going to be a threat to us and there are no easy games. From that point of view, I think that the competition is going to be incredible,” she said.
The inclusion of Sarah Aley and Belinda Vakarewa in the team has also added a new dimension to the attack.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have played with both of them. Both are really exciting and have added quite a lot to our bowling. Sarah in particular is also very handy with the bat down the lower order,” said Perry.
“It’s really awesome to see those two get an opportunity and I think in a lot of ways it’s probably come from a really strong programme at Cricket NSW and the initiative which Cricket NSW has taken to professionalise the game here in conjunction with Lendlease.”
Australia's World Cup schedule
June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton
June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol
July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol
July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester
July 9: Australia v England, Bristol
July 12: Australia v India, Bristol
July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton
July 18: First semi-final, Bristol
July 20: Second semi-final, Derby
July 23: Final, Lord's