Perry to lead Governor-General’s XI


Southern Star Ellyse Perry has been named captain of the Governor-General’s XI that will take on a South Africa touring side at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday 13 November.

Inspired by the traditional Prime Minister’s XI match for Australia’s male cricketers, the Governor-General’s XI will return this summer after a successful introduction last year.

Commenting on the announcement, Sir Peter Cosgrove said: “This year the second Governor-General’s XI will test their mettle against the formidable South African women’s cricket team.”

“This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming players and their experienced team mates to show the skill and talent that makes Australian women cricketers the best in the world.

“I congratulate Ellyse Perry on being selected as Captain. She’s one of our best cricketers, and I know she’ll inspire the team to give its all.

“Lynne and I look forward to cheering on the second Governor-General’s XI when they step onto the field at Drummoyne.”

The Governor-General’s XI will be selected by Cricket Australia in consultation with the Governor-General and will be announced in the lead up to the match.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the Governor-General’s XI’s is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the continued growth of women’s cricket in Australia.

Sutherland said: “Recent participation figures placed cricket as the current number one participation sport in Australia, with female participation reaching record figures.

“The Governor-General’s XI received a wonderful reception last summer and we’re really excited about the opportunities this match provides.

“Australia is ranked number one in the world and we saw some incredible young talent on show in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League last summer, so I expect to see a very formidable side with a terrific leader in Ellyse at the helm.”

One of the world’s leading all-rounders, Perry said she is looking forward to leading the side: “This is another important occasion for what is a really exciting time for women’s cricket in Australia and it’s an absolute honour to be named captain.

“There’s some incredibly talented young girls coming through the ranks and I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to offer against South Africa.”

The Southern Stars will travel to Sri Lanka on Monday ahead of their first ever bi-lateral series in the nation. The two teams will play four One Day Internationals and one Twenty20, with crucial ICC Women’s Championship points up for grabs in the first three 50-over fixtures.

Australia currently sit on top of the Championship table ahead of the West Indies, England and New Zealand, with the top four teams gaining automatic qualification to next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England.