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Praise sits uncomfortably with Perry

She's become one of the most respected and recognisable figures in Australian sport, but her growing status doesn't sit comfortably with cricketer Ellyse Perry.

Praise sits uncomfortably with Perry

She's become one of the most respected and recognisable figures in Australian sport, but her growing status doesn't sit comfortably with cricketer Ellyse Perry.

Star cricketer Ellyse Perry will happily talk up her sport, but not herself.

Perry has been in the sporting spotlight since her mid teens, when she broke into both the senior Australian cricket and football teams in 2007 before her 17th birthday.


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Her status in cricket has rocketed to superstar levels in recent years, and her batting has become prolific.

There would hardly be a sports fan in Australia unaware of who she is following her mammoth unbeaten Ashes Test double century last month.

Her marriage to Wallaby back Matt Toomua only added to her celebrity, but Perry remains uncomfortable discussing her individual feats, though she's unfailingly polite when dealing with the media.

At Thursday's WBBL launch she giggled nervously when asked if she understood how popular and big a star she was and about the responsibility she carried and her answer veered off on a different tangent.

When asked how being referred to as one of the greatest allrounders Australia has produced sat with her, Perry said "not great".

"And considering most of my teammates are standing there, I'm going to cop this later."

She was much more comfortable taking about the sport in general and the WBBL, which starts its third season this weekend.

"The sky is the limit at the moment in terms of where we can take the game and how exciting and special it could be," Perry said.

"There's some wonderful athletes in the competition now and some incredible skill.

"I think the speed and how rapid the rise has been in this competition has been wonderful, but I think at the same time we've got some really high expectations for this comp and for women's cricket in Australia.

"I think to see where it's at is absolutely great, but I think there s certainly aspirations to take it even further and that's what makes this year really exciting."

While her batting has garnered plenty of praise in recent times, Perry felt her bowling had benefited from advice she got from former England seamer Matthew Hoggard, while she was playing in that country a few months back.

"I'm pretty happy with where's it at, but I think it will tell across the competition how well I'm going," she said.


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