Ellyse Perry on track for WT20 return

Ellyse Perry will carefully manage her return to international cricket with Australia.
Ellyse Perry will carefully manage her return to international cricket with Australia.

Fit-again allrounder Ellyse Perry has vowed to go full throttle when she makes her return to international cricket, but says she will need to play it smart on the scheduling front.

Perry tore her right hamstring during the Women's T20 World Cup in March, with the injury ruling her out of Australia's win over India in the final.

The injury was so serious that Perry is only now approaching full fitness, with the 29-year-old still restricted in some of her fielding training.

Batting and bowling is not a problem, and Perry is keen to return as an allrounder rather than just a batter when Australia take on New Zealand in three T20s in September and three ODIs in October.

"Certainly my preference is to play as an allrounder," Perry said.

"That's who I am as a player, and that's always been my role in the side. I don't want to upset the dynamics of the group ... because it gives us different options when I'm playing as an allrounder.

"That's a call we'll make in the next couple of weeks. But certainly for me I very much want to be involved in both batting and bowling, and hopefully that transpires."

Perry has a chance of playing in the series-opening T20, which will take place in Brisbane on September 26.

The T20 and ODI series will feature six matches played across 12 days - a schedule so condensed that Perry will need to carefully manage her fitness as she looks to fully recover from her recent injury problems.

Perry said it was important not to go "too hard too soon" with the amount of games she plays.

"If I'm playing I want to be able to play in the way I always play," she said.

"But it's about managing the frequency of matches that I play.

"This series ... is quite condensed, and the games are fairly close together. So it might not be possible or sensible to play all of those games. But hopefully there's an opportunity to be able to play in some of them."

Australia are riding a record 18-match winning run in the women's ODI format - a streak Perry and her teammates are keen to continue.

SCHEDULE

First T20: September 26

Second T20: September 27

Third T20: September 30

First ODI: October 3

Second ODI: October 5

Third ODI: October 7

Australia Squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa

Australian Associated Press