Top-order bat Elyse Villani’s clean hitting and impeccable timing have seen her feature at international level on a number of occasions throughout her career.
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 VicSpirit led to a return to the national side for the aggressive batter.
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.
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