When will we see Ellyse Perry take her place in the Australian XI next? Image: cricket.com.au

The decision to omit Ellyse Perry for the first two of the T20 games versus England were based on the new T20 specific selection policy, according to the Australian Captain Meg Lanning.

The decision to omit Ellyse Perry for the first two T20 games against England had many heads scratching but the decision was based on the new T20 specific selection policy, according to the Australian Captain Meg Lanning.

Perry was a surprising snub when the team was revealed prior to the Women’s Ashes opener on Thursday night in Adelaide. While her prior numbers did not demand automatic selection, it was jarring to see an Australian women’s cricket side with Perry not included in the XI when she was fit and available.

With the second T20 of the multi-format series being washed out on Saturday, the question was posed to Captain Meg Lanning when play was called off, as it was to national selector Shawn Flegler during the week leading into the opening match.

Australian National Woman’s Cricket Team Star All-rounder Ellyse Perry (Photo: Dani Brown).

“We’ve been really clear with the type of cricket we do want to play and what our batters need to be doing in T20 cricket,” Flegler said when the squad was named last week.

“We want to keep pushing the boat out with our strike rate, so we’ll work through it over the next week” he added.

Australian Women’s head coach Matthew Mott agreed and when asked on Tuesday he stated “What we have found the last couple of years in our T20 team is that the balls faced in the middle order is critical,”.

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Meg Lanning echoed a similar sentiment after the second T20 that was abandoned due to rain, when she said that they are taking a T20 specific selection policy, to see what works well due to the sheer number of options for batting positions at the top portion of the batting order.

“It’s something we’ve spoken about with T20 cricket becoming really role-specific,” Lanning said.

” Those five, six, seven roles with the bat, you don’t face many balls, maybe five maximum 10, so we need players that can impact straight away.

“That played a part in the decision”

“Ellyse is a great of the game and always will be”

The omission of Ellyse Perry brought about the inclusion of Australian all-rounder Grace Harris who has not played internationally for Australia for six years. Plying her trade at the Brisbane Heat, Harris poses an enviable strike rate of 155.85 in T20 internationals.

This is in contrast with Perry’s average strike rate of 91.32 in the recent WBBL which is the lowest of any player with more than 180 runs. As well as this her bowling has been at less than what she is capable of with one wicket in six matches. The T20 selection-specific policy means that players will now be selected for the role that they play within the team and not the best players overall.

Australian National Woman’s Cricket Team All-rounder Grace Harris. (Photo: Brisbane Heat – Twitter)

Perry has been commended by both Flegler and Lanning who have both said that her experience, leadership, and knowledge are valued around the touring group.

Flegler summarises the selection by saying “She’s played for Australia for a long time and is highly experienced, but we always want our players to develop and evolve, and Ellyse is no different.”

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