Monday, October 3, 2022

Ellyse Perry takes a big hit before Australia’s World Cup semi-final

Versatile star Ellyse Perry will watch Australia’s World Cup semi-final against the West Indies from the sidelines on Wednesday after failing to overcome a back injury.

In a painful repeat of the 2020 T20 World Cup – when Perry watched after a thigh muscle injury kept her out of the finals – she was once again a spectator like a major tournament reaching the business end.

Perry suffered back spasms in last Tuesday’s group stage victory over South Africa and came through a fitness test on Monday after a week’s rest.

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“Unfortunately, she had little time to prove her fitness,” said captain Meg Lanning.

“She batted a bit in the nets yesterday and felt good, but unfortunately she was just not in a position to perform at the required level.

“We will enter without her tomorrow and we will continue to assess her if we want to progress in the tournament.

“Unfortunately for her and the team is obviously a big blow, but we feel we have good depth to be able to cover it and we will have to do it tomorrow.”

Perry remains in the frame for the World Cup final on Sunday if Australia were to win, but Lanning was unwilling to speculate on her availability.

“The team and team are very focused on tomorrow and making sure we bring out our best match because everything is different is irrelevant,” she said.

Ellyse Perry from Australia
Versatile star Ellyse Perry will miss Australia’s semi-final of the World Cup due to a backlog. Credit: MONKEY

Perry was player of the match in Australia’s group stage victory over West Indies two weeks ago, and took 3-22 to beat the top order.

Since then, the 31-year-old has struggled and in a short time against South Africa bowled a 12-ball over India with six wideouts and an awful beamer before her ailment struck.

Pass options Darcie Brown and Annabel Sutherland are likely to face the Windies at Wellington’s Basin Reserve, leaving Nic Carey, Grace Harris and Amanda-Jade Wellington on the outside.

“We talked a lot about the depth we have in our team. I think now we will be tested, “said Lanning.

The match with the West Indies is interesting given the Caribbean team’s hot and cold form.

Ellyse Perry will watch Australia's World Cup semi-final against the West Indies from the sidelines.
Ellyse Perry will watch Australia’s World Cup semi-final against the West Indies from the sidelines. Credit: Getty

The Windies stunned hosts New Zealand on the opening night and shocked England, but were defeated by India and then knocked over by last place, Pakistan, in a rain-shortened match.

Australia made short work of Stafanie Taylor’s side as Ash Gardner took 3-25 and Rachael Haynes scored an unbeaten 83 as the tournament favorites easily chased the 132 runs for a win with 19 overs remaining.

Yet the Windies have the ability to turn it on when it matters most: they unbeaten Australia in the 2016 T20 World Cup final for their only major triumph.

“It was a long time ago and we are a completely different team,” Lanning said on Tuesday.

“It was not even talked about.”

“We prepare for their best and their best is very dangerous.

“They have a number of world-class players who can take the game away from you very quickly.”

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