Women’s World Cup: Ellyse Perry to miss Australia’s semi-final clash against West Indies
With news that star all-rounder Ellyse Perry will miss the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against West Indies due to injury, Australia has been given a major setback ahead of the match.
Perry suffered the back problem during Australia’s group match against South Africa last week, when she was forced to leave the field after just bowling three overs and subsequently unable to bat.
The veteran had hoped to recover in time to face West Indies in the semi-final, but the match has come too soon for him, and he will be forced to watch from the stands.
“Unfortunately she (Perry) just ran out of time to prove her fitness,” Australia captain Meg Lanning said on Tuesday as quoted by ICC.
“We will keep assessing her if we are to progress in the tournament. So unfortunate for her and the team, obviously a big blow. But we feel like we’ve got some good depth to be able to cover it. And we’re going to have to do that tomorrow.”
If Australia defeats West Indies in Wednesday’s semi-final, Lanning hopeful that Perry will fit for the final.
“We haven’t looked too far ahead, we’ll keep assessing her if we are to progress. But the team and squad very focused on tomorrow,” Lanning added.
“I’m sure there’s work going on in the background to get her up if we were to get through.”
After sitting out Australia’s last group game against Bangladesh. Young all-rounder Annabel Sutherland is in contention to replace Perry in the squad. While teenage fast Darcie Brown is a sure starter.
Perry named Player of the Match after a blazing burst of fast bowling. That grabbed top-order wickets of Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, and Kycia Knight. And garnered great scores of 3/22 when Australia defeated West Indies earlier in the competition.