Cricket NSW congratulates Ellyse Perry, who has been rewarded for her outstanding form for club, state and country with the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year.


Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said the award was just rewards for Perry’s tireless work both on and off the pitch.


"This award is richly deserved,” Jones stated.


“Ellyse is not only a wonderful talent, she trains as hard as any cricketer in Australia.


“Her 213 not out at North Sydney Oval was the result of more than two days of magnificent batting and the culmination of nearly two decades of effort.


“Ellyse is a worthy winner of an award named for Rachel Heyhoe Flint and, like Baroness Flint, will ultimately be remembered as one of the greatest to play the game."


The ICC player of the year award has been re-named in memory of the late Rachael Heyhoe Flint, former England captain and one of the pioneers of women’s cricket.


Perry had a landmark 2017 season, which featured a superb unbeaten double century for Australia in its successful women’s Ashes defence.


The all-rounder has also been named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year alongside injured Australian captain Meg Lanning.


Perry will be back in WBBL action for the top of the table Sydney Sixers at the SCG this Saturday, with the WNCL season set to resume for the Lendlease Breakers in mid February.