Star Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of the rest of the Women’s T20 World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury on Monday. It was during Australia’s final group stage match against New Zealand when Perry was attempting a runout, suffered the injury and immediately left the field.
“Ellyse sustained a high-grade right hamstring injury that is expected to keep her out of the game for a significant period of time. We are currently exploring management options and will continue to support Ellyse through her recovery.” said the team doctor Pip Inge.
After losing to India in the tournament opener, Australia rallied to win three group stage games are placed second in Group A. This is a huge blow for the Australian side ahead of the semi-finals game to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday with the winner of the final round of group fixtures on Tuesday. With India, South Africa, and England already qualified for the Semi-Finals, the Australian women team will be without Perry in the knockout games.
“Ellyse is a key member of our squad and has been for a long period of time and on a personal level we’re disappointed that she won’t have the opportunity to finish the tournament,” coach Matthew Mott said.
“She gives her absolute all every time she takes to the field for her country and that was evident again against New Zealand in the selfless manner in which she threw herself into her batting, bowling and fielding performances.
“We’re confident that we have enough depth in the squad to cover her batting and bowling and know whoever gets an opportunity will make a strong contribution,” as he concluded.
Perry has scores of 0, 5* and 26 in three innings this World Cup, and picking up just 1 wicket in all the matches she has played so far. Despite her injury, no replacement has been announced as she remains a member of the 15-player squad. It goes on to see, how the management will deal with her unavailability. The 29-year-old all-rounder has played in all the World Cup matches for Australia since 2009 and this is the first time she has been ruled out due to an injury.