Ellyse Perry named captain of Governor-General's XI
This fixture, which was introduced last year inspired by the traditional Prime Minister’s XI game involving the male cricketers, will be a 50-overs contest featuring the best of Australia’s women cricketers.
Giving his views on this year’s Governor-General’s XI fixture, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) said that it was a great opportunity for the young players to show their talent at the international level.
"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 teammates to show the skill and talent that makes Australian women cricketers the best in the world.”
Furthermore, Sir Cosgrove congratulated Perry for being named as the captain of the side and expressed confidence in her ability to inspire the team.
“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.”
Chief executive of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland is excited about the Governor-General’s XI fixture and highlighted the excellent reception the match received last year.
“Recent participation figures placed cricket as the current number one participation sport in Australia, with female participation reaching record figures,” said Sutherland.
“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.”
Stating that it is an honour to be named as the captain of the Governor-General’s XI, Perry is looking forward to leading the side against South Africa.
“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,” said Perry.
“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.”
Cricket Australia will select the squad for the fixture after consulting with the Governor-General and it will be announced in due course of time.
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