Ellyse Perry extends Sydney Sixers career, remains captain

Ellyse Perry will remain with Sydney Sixers for at least another season, and will continue to captain the club as they look to revive their fortunes in the WBBL after missing finals for the last three campaigns.

Sixers finished bottom last season for the first time in the tournament’s history, having been fifth in the previous two editions. During the first four years of the competition, they reached the final and were back-to-back winners in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“The club has been such a significant part of my career, and I am especially proud of what the team has been able to achieve both on and off the field over the last seven years, especially in terms of engaging and inspiring lots of young girls and boys to be involved in cricket,” Perry said.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge this season presents, and also the opportunity to play at home again.”

Perry was comfortably Sixers’ leading run-scorer last season with 358 at 35.80 but only made one half-century, even as her strike rate of 91.32 put her under scrutiny.

She subsequently lost her place in Australia’s T20I side for the Ashes, and continued to be on the sidelines for the recent Commonwealth Games where she was also recovering from a stress fracture of her back picked up at the ODI World Cup earlier this year.

“She is such a fantastic athlete,” Phoenix team-mate Sophie Devine said. “The way she has evolved her game as well. I know she has her critics around the shorter formats but what she has done these last two games she’s shown her class is permanent.”

Meanwhile, Sixers will have a new coach this WBBL season, with former England captain Charlotte Edwards having taken over from Ben Sawyer.

“I am elated that Ellyse has re-signed with the Sixers, and am very excited about working closely with her to return the club to the finals in WBBL08,” Edwards said.

“Ellyse has been one of the world’s best players for a long, long time, and is part of the fabric of the Sydney Sixers. I have no doubt she will continue to lead the team by example as we look to play an attacking, exciting brand of cricket that our fans can be proud of.”

Sixers begin their tournament against Brisbane Heat in Mackay on October 13, and will play their first three matches at that venue with games against Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne stars to follow.

They have three matches at the North Sydney Oval to complete their regular season on November 16, 18 and 20.

Current Sydney Sixers squad Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ash Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry (capt)

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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