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Elyse Villani

Batter

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Medium

Did you know?

Villani was selected to represent Australia in dodge ball, but was unable to due to cricket commitments.

Batter

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Medium

AGE
27
HEIGHT
172CM
BORN

Melbourne

COUNTRY

Australia

Australia
STATE

WA

WA
LOCAL CLUB

Prahran

Bio

Top-order bat Elyse Villani’s clean hitting and impeccable timing have seen her grow into one of the most damaging batters in international women’s cricket.

Villani has enjoyed great success with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, helping them to lift the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 trophy in the West Indies in 2010. 

A hamstring injury saw the Victorian spend the majority of the 2011-12 season on the sidelines, making the path back to national selection all the more difficult. 

In a bid to add more variety to her game, Villani travelled to the UK during the off-season to play for Staffordshire.

Upon her return to Australia, Villani’s dedication and hard work paid off as she recorded one of her most dominant domestic seasons. Her standout performances for the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit led to a return to the national side in 2013.

Villani was recalled to the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars for the ICC Women’s World Cup in India, a title which the team claimed. She was rewarded for her consistent performances throughout the season with a national contract for the following international season.

After missing out on the ODI series against Pakistan in 2014, Villani returned for the T20I with a bang, leading the series run-scorers with 181 runs at an average of 60.33 and a strike rate of 126.57 across four matches.

She helped Australia win back the Ashes from England in 2015, before a move to the Western Fury and Perth Scorchers for 2015-16.

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