Ellyse Perry named Women’s Cricketer of the Year

Ellyse Perry, the Australian all-rounder, won the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint award for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year, while team mate and opening bat Beth Mooney was named the T20I and Emerging Player of the Year. New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite walked away with the ODI honours.

The 27-year-old has had a phenomenal year personally which in turn has helped Australian Women’s team clinch the ICC Women’s Championship in November 2016 as well as retain the Womens Ashes. Perry beat competitors Satterthwaite and India’s Harmanpreet Kaur, who finished second and third respectively.

“This year has been a very special year for women’s cricket with many milestones reached, so it is a privilege and honour to receive the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award,” said an elated Perry on Thursday (December 21).

This year the ICC Cricket of the Year was reintroduced as the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award – named after the legendary England player, a World Cup winner and also a Hall of Famer in the ICC. “I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work and legacy Rachael has left behind for the game, she is certainly missed,” Perry added.

Perry scored her maiden double hundred in the first day-night Ashes Test and also claimed three wickets in the game. Her numbers in ODIs are more impressive – 905 runs and 22 wickets in 19 matches during the voting period, that included games played since September 21, 2016.

“A special thanks to Cricket Australia for the incredible amount of support they provide to the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the way in which they continue to lead the development of women’s sport in Australia.

“Also, my teammates and our support staff, thanks so much for making it so enjoyable and memorable to tour and represent Australia.”

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Mooney capped off an amazing year by winning two awards. The opening bat scored 255 runs in seven T20Is at an astonishing strike rate of 138.5 and also amassed 492 runs in 14 ODIs including one century and four fifties. She also won the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) Player of the Tournament award in January.

“This is very unexpected and I’m honoured to receive the ICC T20I and Emerging Player of the Year awards. The Rebel Women’s Big Bash League has been highly successful for Cricket Australia and personally I benefitted from the exposure and opportunity as a player with the Brisbane Heat,” Mooney said.

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