At only 27 years of age, Ellyse Perry holds the rare distinction of being a dual international, having represented Australia in both cricket and football (soccer), at just 16 years of age.
Ellyse made her international debut for the Australian women’s cricket team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, in a One-Day International match in 2007 at the age of 16 years and 261 days. Two weeks later, she made her debut for the Australian women’s football team (the Matildas) in an Olympic Games qualifier against Hong Kong. Then, at the age of 17 years and 104 days, Ellyse made her Test cricket debut against England in an Ashes Test.
Whilst cricket is now her full-time career, during her football career, Ellyse earned 18 International caps for the Matildas and scored a sensational left foot goal against Sweden in the quarter final of the 2011 World Cup.
In May 2013, Respected British magazine SportsPro, in conjunction with Eurosport released a list of the 50 most marketable athletes on the planet. Criteria include value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed and crossover appeal. Ellyse was named 36th in the World, and 1st in Australia.
Her cricket career highlights to date include the 2010 ICC T-20 World Cup win, 2012 ICC T-20 World Cup win in India and the 2014 ICC T-20 World Cup in Bangladesh. She was also named Player of the Series against England in the 2014 Ashes Series. Ellyse also won 2014 Player of the Series in the Ashes Series v England and Player of the Series during the West Indies Tour of Australia. She was also a part of the NSW Breakers side which completed a record breaking 10 straight titles.
In the 2015 Ashes series in the UK, Ellyse was once again named Player of the Series after topping the run-scoring and wicket-taking lists to further solidify her stance as the leading player in Women's Cricket.
On the domestic scene, Ellyse was captain of the Sydney Sixers WBBL team that won the 2016/17 and 2017/18 WBBL titles.
In the 2017 home Ashes series v England, Ellyse recorded the highest Test score ever by an Australian women's player, recording an epic 213 not out at North Sydney Oval.
In December 2017, Ellyse was voted the leading women's cricketer in the world, winning the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year award (Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award). Ellyse was outstanding in the 14-month period , under consideration, scoring 905 runs and taking 22 wickets in ODIs, in addition to her Ashes Test feats.
She topped off an amazing year by again winning the prestigious Belinda Clark Medal in February 2018 and secured the ICC #1 ranking as the best ODI batter in the world. She now boasts a Test batting average of 61 and ODI average over 50.
Off the field, Ellyse can be found attending to her ambassador roles for Commonwealth Bank, Fox Sports, Priceline, Adidas, Mizone Sport and SCG Trust.
She also does philanthropic work with the LBW Trust and McGrath Foundation.
With her positive, humble attitude and determination, she’s one of Australia’s leading female athletes.
Ellyse is married to Australian rugby player, Matt Toomua.
Awards / Achievements
Only Current Dual-International for Women’s Sport in Australia.
Made her International Debut for the Australian Women’s Cricket team aged 16.
2 weeks after her Debut for International Cricket she made her International Football Debut in an Olympic Games qualifier.
At the annual Westfield W-League awards dinner in 2009, Ellyse was jointly awarded the Young Player of the Year Award and won three club awards for the season – the Player's, Supporter's and overall Club player of the year.
Is the youngest person, male or female, to represent Australia in Cricket & the first Australian Woman to compete in both Cricket and Football World Cups.
During her career, Ellyse has had the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s best female athletes. Among her favourite highlights are taking on Brazil and the United States, two super powers in women’s soccer, and, bowling for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars against New Zealand to win the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup.
The sensational left foot goal she scored against Sweden in the quarter final of the 2011 World Cup – considered by many as the best goal ever by an Australian, male or female, in World Cup history.
Player of the match in the ICC Twenty20 World cup final.
Rated Number 1 on the countdown of the top 21 Sportswomen in Australia by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Rated Number 36 out of the top 100 most marketable athletes in the world by respected British magazine SportsPro in conjunction with Eurosport.
Player of the series for the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes.
Player of the series for the 2015 Women's Ashes Series in the UK.
Belinda Clarke Medal 2016 for best Australian player across the previous 12 months voted by peers.
Captain of the Sydney Sixers WBBL team who won the 2016/17 title.