The T20 World Cup will not witness the presence of Ellyse Perry. The Australian cricket team made this announcement via Twitter.
JUST IN: Ellyse Perry has officially been ruled out of the #T20WorldCup.
More to come.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 2, 2020
Considering Ellyse Perry will not be playing the T20 World Cup, the Australian team will feel the impact. The all-rounder is a crucial part of the team and her absence puts in the team in jeopardy.
Ellyse Perry hamstring injury
Perry’s ruling out of the World Cup comes from the injury she suffered at Junction Oval. She attempted to run-out New Zealand captain Sophie Devine. She fielded the ball mid-off and threw it off-balance. As a result, she injured her hamstring severely enough to hobble off the field. The scans later revealed that her injury is severe enough for her to not play for a while.
The team’s doctor, Pip Inge, said, “Ellyse sustained a high-grade right hamstring injury that is expected to keep her out of the game for a significant period of time.”
Not only did the doctor raise concerns, but so did the coach. He praised her saying that she is a key member of the team and always gives her entire effort to ensure the team succeeds. So, considering she will not be able to finish the tournament is going to be a huge disappointment.
“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.”
Captain’s take on Perry’s absence
According to the team captain, Meg Lanning, injuries are a constant state on-field. Therefore, relying on the same XI for every game is not plausible. She feels that while Ellyse Perry’s absence will be a huge loss, there are other players who will be able to make up for it. She truly believes that the team possesses a significant depth and they will use all of it.
“You can’t replace her but we’ve got 15 players here who can do a job and you need a squad to win a World Cup. You can’t rely on one or two players and the same XI each game. We’re going to have to use the depth that we’ve got and we’ve said we’ve got a lot of depth.”