Ellyse Perry: ‘The more Test matches we play, the better we are going to get at it’

Australia Women have a bumper home summer ahead, with a multi-format series against India preceding the Ashes against England. Speaking to the media on Thursday, allrounder Ellyse Perry looked ahead to the busy summer, which includes a day-night Test at the WACA.

On playing Test cricket at the WACA and against India
It’s absolutely wonderful and the sentiment right across the team is that any opportunity to play Test-match cricket is a really, really special one for us. To be doing that against another nation in India as well as England in one summer, also at home and at two really great cricket grounds is something to really look forward to.

On the advantages of playing at the WACA
I actually think, having played a Test match there before, it is an absolutely wonderful venue for women’s Tests. The pitch obviously provides just that little bit of extra pace and bounce. The ball carries really well [and] there is a bit of sideways movement as well. So that is certainly, I suppose, in favour of our conditions and the Australian style of cricket. But having said that, looking at the Indian team – some of the skills their players, particularly their batsmen [have] – it’s going to be a really well-contested Test match. And yeah, a great opportunity for both sides.

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