Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry’s hopes of playing in the first match of Australia’s international summer were dealt a further blow on Thursday after she missed the side’s practice match.
The team’s hierarchy and sports science staff will make a call on Thursday night on her availability for game one of the Twenty20 series on Saturday, but there must be considerable doubt as to whether she will get on the park.
On the comeback trail from hamstring surgery, Perry sat out the 40-over-a-side game against New Zealand at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field. She also failed to take part in the team’s centre-wicket practice session on Monday.
Perry is proficient enough to play as a specialist batter if cleared to field but there will be questions over risking such an important player if she is not 100 per cent fit.