Cuttack: In the modern era, it is extremely rare to find double internationals. At a time when cricketers are calling for a reduction in work load to rest tired bodies, given the exponential increase in the number of playing days, Ellyse Perry stands out. For some, playing one World Cup could be a dream come true, but for Perry, who holds the distinction of being the first Australian woman to have represented her country at World Cups in two different sports (cricket and football), it is more than just a dream.
"I suppose in Australia, we have a wonderful culture that embraces sport from a very young age," she says passionately. "I've grown up in that environment. I played a lot of different sport when I was young but cricket and soccer had the biggest affinity. I suppose like a lot of Australians, the interest began while playing cricket in my backyard at home with my older brother."
Perry became the youngest Australian in international cricket when she made her debut in July 2007 aged 16. A month later, she was picked in the Australian women's football team for the 2008 Olympic qualifiers, where she scored a goal within two minutes of her appearance in her debut against Hong Kong. Six years on, she is now a contracted player in the Australian women's cricket team and is playing in her second Cricket World Cup, besides having represented Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She also plays for Sydney FC in the Women's Football League.