Ellyse Perry says women’s cricket is on the verge of a ‘pivotal moment’ as IPL looms

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Ellyse Perry says women’s cricket is on the verge of a ‘pivotal moment’ as IPL looms

Ellyse Perry says women’s cricket is evolving and improving at a rapid pace.

The 32-year-old allrounder appears to have been re-energised by the current T20I tour to India and is eyeing a landmark 2023 with the prospect of another World Cup win and the inaugural season of the women’s IPL.

“You’re always trying to evolve,” Perry said after enjoying her best-ever T20I knock for Australia — a 47-ball 75 with three sixes — on Wednesday to put Australia 2-1 ahead in their thrilling five-match series in India.

“The game’s moving at a rapid pace forward. We’ve seen that around the world. Very fortunately for us, we’ve got the WBBL which is going now for eight editions.

“I think there is no better place to keep evolving and trying to develop. That’s a strong motivating factor to still play. That’s the most fun part of the game, to continue to work on things and work with people you love working with.”

Perry has been working wonders for Australia for 15 years, but her future in the shortest format of the game had looked in jeopardy when she was sidelined amid suggestions she couldn’t operate at the sort of run rate needed in a fast-changing T20 landscape.

But in her first T20I knock for 14 months in Mumbai on Wednesday, her run rate was a sizzling 159.57, compared to her international career rate of 107.53.

What’s more, she produced her 33-ball 50 — her quickest-ever in any international — after coming in when Australia were tottering on 2-5.

Also chipping in with one crucial over with the ball which went for just two runs, she reminded everyone why she ought to be still be in great demand for the inaugural opening season of the women’s IPL, which is set to kick off in March straight after the T20 World Cup in South Africa.

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