Ellyse Perry ICC women’s cricketer of the decade, Steve Smith named Test player of the decade, ICC awards


Ellyse Perry has cleaned up at the ICC player of the decade awards, taking out all three women’s awards, while Steve Smith was named the Test Player of the Decade.

Perry swept the Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade, the Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade and ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade in a stunning sweep.

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The 30-year-old has achieved it all in her career, hitting 4349 International runs, taking 213 wickets, four T20 World Cups and the 2013 50-over World Cup title for Australia.

Having beamed in to the awards due to COVID, Perry sent a message and she praised the rise of the women’s game around the world.

“It has been tremendous to develop the women’s T20 game and take it forward. Amazing to see where it’s come from when I was introduced to it,” she said.

“A competition like the WBBL has had such a big impact not only on the professional game but the amount of young people and young girls in particular wanting to take up the sport.”

The humble champion said “I may not be the most dynamic of T20 players out there” but was a popular winner of the award.

On the mens side, Smith was named the Test player of the decade with India’s Virat Kohli taking out the ODI award and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan the T20I cricketer of the 2010s.

Kohli was also named the men’s cricketer of the decade.

But Smith is also in the midst of a stunning form slump.

The 31-year-old debuted in 2010 against Pakistan, famously as a leg spinner, but quickly turned into Australia’s most reliable middle order presence piling on an incredible record.

During the awards period, Smith hit 7040 Test runs at an average of 65.79, which was the second highest of all-time, behind only the great Donald Bradman.

But it comes after a day where his quirky batting style saw the star dismissed for 8, bringing his tally in four innings in the series against India to 10 with an average of 3.33.

He was dismissed bowled by a ball that clipped leg stump as he moved right across his crease by Jasprit Bumrah today.

It’s also seen his average drop to 61.33, dropping into third with Adam Voges’ average of 61.87 in 20 Test matches back into second place.

But despite being suspended for a year and being stripped of the Australian captaincy during the infamous ball tampering scandal, there was only ever going to be one winner.

It comes after nine Australians were named in the teams of the decade yesterday.

David Warner and Smith were both included in the Men’s Test Team of the Decade, with the pair collectively scoring 14,471 runs and 50 centuries in the game’s longest format during the adjudicated period.

Warner was named in the Men’s ODI Team of the Decade alongside Australian teammate Mitchell Starc, who was the highest wicket-taker in consecutive 50-over World Cups in 2015 and 2019.

Meanwhile, Australian one-day captain Aaron Finch and white-ball powerhouse Glenn Maxwell were both included in the Men’s T20I Team of the Decade.

Indian superstar Virat Kohli was the only player to feature in all three men’s sides.

Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Perry were unsurprising additions in the Women’s ODI Team of the Decade, with the trio collectively scoring 8464 runs and 19 centuries in the 50-over format.



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Ellyse Perry sweeps ICC awards as women’s player of the decade, Steve Smith nabs men’s Test honour



Ellyse Perry has swept the women’s awards handed out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the best players of the decade.

Australia’s superstar all-rounder was named the best women’s player of the decade, as well as picking up the Twenty20 and one-day international awards handed out by cricket’s governing body.

Perry scored 4,349 international runs and took 213 wickets as Australia won four Twenty20 World Cups and a 50-over World Cup in the decade.

Steve Smith was named the men’s Test player of the decade, reaffirming his brilliance during an uncharacteristically lean run with the bat.

The former Australia captain was awarded the honour on the same day he was dismissed for a single-digit score for the third time against India this summer.

But the voting period (January 1, 2011 to October 7, 2020) started after his first stint in the Test side in 2010 and did not include the current series, meaning it includes all but six of his 75 Tests.

In that time, he has scored all of his 26 Test centuries 28 of his 29 fifties, with 7,040 runs at an average of 65.79.

He had the fifth-most Test runs in the voting period — behind Englishmen Joe Root and Alistair Cook, teammate David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli — but his average was far and away the highest of the contenders.

Smith missed an entire year of his prime due to the 12-month ban handed to him and Warner for ball tampering in Cape Town, meaning he played 69 Tests in that time, compared to 97 for the likes of Root and Cook.

There was no Test award handed out for the women’s game as they do not play enough of the longest format, but Perry would likely have been at the front of the queue if it was up for grabs.

In six Tests during the voting period, Perry scored a double century, a century and two fifties among her 573 runs at an average of 114.60. She also took 26 wickets at 16.73.

Kohli was named the best men’s player of the decade, also picking up the ODI gong, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was named the best male Twenty20 player of the decade.



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ICC Teams of the Decade, Meg Lanning, Steve Smith, David Warner, Ellyse Perry, Allysa Healy


Nine Australians have been named in the ICC’s Teams of the Decade, which were unveiled on Sunday evening AEDT.

David Warner and Steve Smith were both included in the Men’s Test Team of the Decade, with the pair collectively scoring 14,471 runs and 50 centuries in the game’s longest format during the adjudicated period.

Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara also featured in the XI as the designated wicketkeeper, despite not donning the gloves in a Test match since 2008.

Warner was named in the Men’s ODI Team of the Decade alongside Australian teammate Mitchell Starc, who was the highest wicket-taker in consecutive 50-over World Cups in 2015 and 2019.

Meanwhile, Australian one-day captain Aaron Finch and white-ball powerhouse Glenn Maxwell were both included in the Men’s T20I Team of the Decade.

Indian superstar Virat Kohli was the only player to feature in all three men’s sides. He was anointed captain of the Test XI, while former Indian teammate MS Dhoni was named the ODI and T20 teams’ skipper.

Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry were unsurprising additions in the Women’s ODI Team of the Decade, with the trio collectively scoring 8464 runs and 19 centuries in the 50-over format.

Having won four T20 World Cup titles this decade, four Australians also featured in the Women’s T20I Team of the Decade, in which pace bowler Megan Schutt was named alongside Lanning, Healy and Perry.

Lanning was anointed captain of both the ODI and T20I Teams of the Decade.

The ICC are expected to announce the best players of the decade across all formats on Monday AEDT.

Men’s Test Team of the Decade

Alastair Cook (ENG), David Warner (AUS), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (c) (IND), Steve Smith (AUS), Kumar Sangakkara (wk) (SL), Ben Stokes (ENG), Ravichandran Ashwin (IND), Dale Steyn (SA), Stuart Broad (ENG), Jimmy Anderson (ENG)

Women’s ODI Team of the Decade

Alyssa Healy (AUS), Suzie Bates (NZ), Mithali Raj (IND), Meg Lanning (c) (AUS), Stafanie Taylor, Sarah Taylor (wk) (ENG), Ellyse Perry (AUS), Dane van Niekerk (SA), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Jhulan Goswami (IND), Anisa Mohammed (WI)

Men’s ODI Team of the Decade

Rohit Sharma (IND), David Warner (AUS), Virat Kohli (IND), AB de Villiers (SA), Shakib Al Hasan (BAN), MS Dhoni (c & wk) (IND), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mitchell Starc (AUS), Trent Boult (NZ), Imran Tahir (SA), Lasith Malinga (SL)

Women’s T20I Team of the Decade

Alyssa Healy (wk) (AUS), Sophie Devine (NZ), Suzie Bates (NZ), Meg Lanning (c) (AUS), Harmanpreet Kaur (IND), Stafanie Taylor (WI), Deandra Dottin (WI), Ellyse Perry (AUS), Anya Shrubsole (ENG), Megan Schutt (AUS), Poonam Yadav (IND)

Men’s T20I Team of the Decade

Rohit Sharma (IND), Chris Gayle (WI), Aaron Finch (AUS), Virat Kohli (IND), AB de Villiers (SA), Glenn Maxwell (AUS), MS Dhoni (c & wk) (IND), Kieron Pollard (WI), Rashid Khan (AFG), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Lasith Malinga (SL)



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Sydney Sixers’ all-rounder Ellyse Perry stars in WBBL win over Brisbane Heat



Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has produced a stunning display in the Sydney Sixers’ 24-run win over the Brisbane Heat at Blacktown Oval.

Perry scored 54 off 54 deliveries with the bat, before snaring figures of 3-17 off her four overs to help the Sixers to victory.

Her innings, in just her third match back from a serious hamstring injury, lifted the Sixers to 7-129.

Perry, who was chosen as the player of the match, then destroyed Brisbane’s top order, as the Heat collapsed to 4-17 before eventually being skittled for 105 in 19 overs.

The Sixers have won all three of their matches that have produced a result, with the other two rained out.

They sit in second place behind the Sydney Thunder, who boast the same record but have better net run rate.

The Thunder also posted a 24-run win earlier on Wednesday at Blacktown Oval, thanks to England’s Heather Knight’s all-round heroics in their match against the Perth Scorchers.

Knight (57) and Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes (61 not out) shared a 108-run partnership, shifting momentum while marching their side from 3-22 to a total of 4-144.

In reply, the Scorchers were dismissed for 120, despite the best efforts of prized recruit Beth Mooney (61 off 49 balls).

Sammy-Jo Johnson (2-25) and Knight (2-29) snared two wickets each, while Sam Bates finished with the remarkably tidy figures of 3-9 from four overs.

Haynes was named player of the match. Her partnership with Knight came four days after they shared a club record stand of 122 runs against the Adelaide Strikers.

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Ellyse Perry returns with bang; players take stand against racism


Ellyse Perry has returned and is ready to fight for another WBBL title.

The Sydney Sixers’ captain — who hasn’t played a game since tearing her hamstring during the women’s T20 World Cup in March — led her side to a nine-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.

Perry’s fitness was tested in cold and wet conditions at North Sydney Oval but she impressed with bat and ball.

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After three WBBL clashes were abandoned, the wet weather held off long enough for the Sixers and Strikers to play nine overs each.

Sixers bowlers Marizanne Kapp (3/14), Stella Campbell (1/17) and Lisa Griffith (2/10) contained Adelaide to just 7/68 from its nine overs.

But as the Magenta chased, heavy rain forced officials to cut three overs and reduce their target to 46.

Perry’s side was too clinical in the end – even in unpredictable conditions – and finished up with its first win of WBBL06.

THE MOMENT

Fast bowler Marizanne Kapp and Jodie Hicks instantly set the pace for the Sixers.

The South Africa international took the big wicket of Tahlia McGrath in the first over, bowling Adelaide’s star batter for a duck. Hicks, who is also a key member of the GWS Giants’ AFLW side, took a spectacular catch at backward point. The Strikers were truly rattled.

THE KNOCK

Finally, cricket fans got to see the Perry and Alyssa Healy partnership back in action.

The classy duo excelled, even in the ever-changing conditions. Player-of-the- match Healy hit three fours and one six in her innings of 27 from 16. Perry sealed the deal in the final over with a classy boundary. The skipper notched two fours and finished unbeaten on 14.

Adelaide’s Bridget Patterson’s efforts should also be commended, whacking two fours and two sixes when her side was in trouble. She managed 28 off 14 and built up a solid partnership with Katie Mack.

THE SPELL

Lisa Griffith nabbed two wickets in her first over as a Sydney Sixer.

The new recruit wasted no time in showing coach Ben Sawyer what she can do, combining with Healy to dismiss Madeline Penna in the fifth over. Two balls later, Griffith dismissed Amanda-Jade Wellington with a yorker. Magenta might just be her colour.

THE QUOTE

The clash reminded Healy of Australia’s wet and dramatic T20 World Cup semi final.

“It was a strange old day, it seemed a little bit familiar to earlier in the year at the SCG, but full credit to the ground staff, their communication, to get a game in these conditions is outstanding, and for us to come out on top was great.”

WBBL stars commit to take stand against racism

Sydney Thunder players took a knee before their rained-out clash against the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval on Monday.

Captain Rachael Haynes said that her side intends to take a stance against racism before each of their WBBL06 games.

“For us it’s not just going to be a one off thing, we’ll do it before our games, we’ve committed to that regardless of whether the match starts,” Haynes said.

“It was a decision from the group, it wasn’t made by one or two people.”

“We had a chat about it as a group and just felt that it was a good show of unity and that we supported those players and obviously we are totally against racism.”

The Melbourne Stars side also joined in for the moment of silence and English internationals Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver took a knee on the pitch.

After an initial 45 minute rain delay, persistent drizzle forced officials to abandon play after the fourth over.

Haynes admitted that two washouts in two days was frustrating and that the Stars were looking threatening on Monday morning.

“It is a little bit frustrating and we can’t do much about the weather. Although we’d like to have well and truly kicked off our campaign, I’m sure that’ll happen in due course,” Haynes said.

“(The Stars) bowled really well, it’s pretty tricky conditions, both teams at the bat flip wanted to field in these conditions, we were probably on the back foot a little bit.”

Bowlers Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Holly Ferling mustered up a strong start for the Stars who dismissed Thunder‘s opening batters in just three overs.

Sciver took the wicket of Tammy Beaumont (3 from 5) thanks to a solid catch from Elyse Villani.

Thunder‘s Rachel Trenaman (4 from 8) then cracked under Ferling’s bowling, sending the ball straight into the hands of Sciver.

The match was officially abandoned after the fourth over, with Thunder sitting on 2-13.

Morning rain in Hurstville also saw the abandonment of the Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades Round 2 clash.

The Heat, having beaten Perth Scorchers by seven wickets on Sunday, headed into Monday’s game with an unchanged lineup, but with the persistent rain, were unable to take the field.

For the Renegades, it was their second abandoned game of the season, after their Sunday clash with the Melbourne Stars was cancelled 17 overs into the first innings.

The Scorchers and Hurricanes’ afternoon match in Hurstville was also abandoned.

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Sydney Sixers beat Adelaide Strikers in Ellyse Perry’s return to cricket, three WBBL games rained out



Ellyse Perry lost eight months of cricket but none of her nerve as the star all-rounder crashed a boundary with three balls remaining to secure the Sydney Sixers’ WBBL win over the Adelaide Strikers.

Making her long-awaited return to cricket after injuring her hamstring during Australia’s successful T20 World Cup campaign in March, Perry scored 14 not out, took 0-8 with the ball and effected a run out on her return at North Sydney Oval.

On a day where three other matches failed to net a result because of widespread rain in Sydney, the Sixers took advantage of a break in the weather to squeak in a victory.

Having to face just nine overs after being asked to bat, the Strikers were in deep trouble at 4-14 in the fifth over with Lisa Griffith (2-10) the early destroyer.

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Some late and lusty hitting by Bridget Patterson (28 from 14 balls) helped get the visitors to 7-68 as Marizanne Kapp (3-14) captured the best bowling figures for the Sixers.

Further rain then reduced the target for the Sixers to 46 off six overs.

Alyssa Healy (27 from 16) did her bit before being caught at cover in the penultimate over off the bowling of Sarah Coyte (1-10).

With three balls left and three runs required, cool-headed Perry delivered with a boundary past deep square leg to get the win.

Elsewhere, just four overs were possible in the Sydney Thunder-Melbourne Stars fixture earlier on Monday at North Sydney Oval, the hosts 2-13 when showers prevented any more play.

At Hurstville Oval, the Brisbane Heat-Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers-Hobart Hurricanes matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Sunday’s opening round resulted in the Strikers beating the Hurricanes and the Heat overcoming the Scorchers.

The Stars-Renegades match was deemed a no result while the Thunder-Sixers clash was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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Ellyse Perry and Matt Toomua split: Stars announce end to their marriage


Australian cricket superstar Ellyse Perry and Aussie rugby union player Matt Toomua have called time on their relationship.

The sporting power couple, who tied the knot in 2015, released a joint statement confirming the news.

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Ellyse Perry photo with Hayley Silver-Holmes when she was a kid, Sydney Sixers teammates


Seven years ago, Hayley Silver-Holmes was taking selfies with Australian cricket star Ellyse Perry.

Now, the kid from Bowen Mountain is getting ready to play her third WBBL season alongside her old sporting idol at the Sydney Sixers.

But even today, Silver-Holmes admitted that she can’t believe she gets to call Perry a teammate.

“I’ve idolised her since I started (playing cricket), the person she is, how great of a sportswoman she is, I’ve always wanted to be like her, to play with her is something special,” Silver-Holmes said.

Perry said that Silver-Holmes has impressed her since she debuted for the Sixers as a 15-year-old back in 2018.

“She’s an incredibly talented cricketer who possesses a level of maturity and understanding about her bowling that is beyond her years,” Perry said.

“It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our club and Cricket NSW to play a continued role in Hayley’s development. She has the potential to be a world class T20 bowler.”

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In her first two WBBL seasons, Silver-Holmes played 28 matches and claimed nine wickets.

Last year, the 16-year-old became the second youngest NSW Breaker to debut in the Women’s National Cricket League.

Silver-Holmes said she is excited to continue developing her game under the guidance of Perry and the Sixers.

“It’s unreal to be playing, getting signed for my third and fourth season, it’s an exciting time for women’s cricket coming up and I’m glad to be part of it” Silver-Holmes said.

After watching her former teammate 18-year-old Annabel Sutherland debut for Australia during this year’s T20I tri-series, Silver-Holmes said she is determined to take her game to another level this summer.

“I played with Annabel in South Africa for the Under 19s … seeing her play in the Aussie team really inspires young girls like myself and Stella (Campbell) to want to get there too” Silver-Holmes said.

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