Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry is widely regarded as one of the most talented and successful female athletes in the world. She is known for her achievements in both cricket and football. In fact, Perry is the only female cricketer to have played in both the FIFA World Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Notably, Perry was a midfielder in the Australian women’s national football team, also known as the Matildas. She was pursuing both the sports before a stage came where the Waharonga-born star had to choose a profession between the two.
In a video uploaded on RCB’s YouTube channel, Perry recently revealed what he did when his football club gave him an ultimatum to choose a sport between football and cricket. The New South Wales cricketer said she played football for a while before deciding to make the switch. Perry said it was a good sign for the women’s game as the opportunities were somehow equal and both football and cricket were on the rise.
“Yeah it was a really special time in the women’s game and unfortunately I had to stop playing football professionally for a while, but I think I always looked at it as a fact that if I ever got to that point went where it wasn’t possible to play both then it was a really great thing for the women’s game. I’ve always wanted to be able to play both and you know some amazing experiences. I definitely would have loved it But I think there has been a bit of growth for the game and you also know at a personal level that you can focus on just one game and earn a living from it.” Perry said.
Perry also reflected on how far the sport has evolved since initially it was in a developing stage and people had other jobs but things have changed and now it is a full-fledged professional sport.
“It came with the times and you know I don’t think women’s sports look back, yeah look at all the amazing things that have happened since then. I think I feel lucky that I’ve been sitting on both sides where you know it was probably a point where you know things were still developing and they were very part-time and kind of semi-professional And everyone else had other jobs for you know where we are now where it’s full time professionals and the girls are absolutely killing it in all kinds of sports. added Perry.