Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has signed to play for Birmingham Phoenix during the inaugural season of The Hundred tournament. After the pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed by an year, ECB has finally decided to stage in July 2021.
The 30-year-old Australian has joined the Birmingham side and is keen on forming a formidable pairing with New Zealand’s Sophie Devine in the team. She’ll also re-unite with her compatriot Ashleigh Gardner and Sydney Sixers coach Ben Sawyer in the Hundred. Perry was recently announced as the ICC Women’s Player of the Decade,
The all-rounder believes that the opportunity to take part in this exciting and unique cricket tournament attracted her to The Hundred. She also believes that the format of this tournament will also help in bringing more fans to Women’s cricket.
“I can’t wait to come over to the UK and get involved in The Hundred this summer. It’s fantastic to see how it’s put women’s cricket in the spotlight and attracted so many of the world’s top players to come and play in it.”
Sawyer is pleased to have a world class cricketer in the form of Perry available in his squad. The Australian coach had reportedly made Perry as his top player target for Birmingham Phoenix. He is hopeful about bringing success to the franchises with the contributions from the best all-rounder in the world.
Perry is probably the most complete player in women’s cricket. She is the only woman cricketer to score more than 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in T-20 internationals. The Australian all-rounder will be hoping to emulate her international and WBBL success at Birmingham Phoenix. The Hundred will begin on July 21 and end with final at Lords on August 21.