'Don't think I'd offer anywhere near as much just as a batter'
Ellyse Perry has shot down any suggestion she will shelve bowling to play as a batter only in this month's WBBL, declaring she's fit and firing in both skills for the T20 competition
12 October 2020, 02:11 PM AEST
Ellyse Perry plans on making her long-awaited return from injury as an allrounder, also declaring she is desperate to play every game for the Sydney Sixers in a congested Rebel WBBL season.
Perry underwent hamstring surgery in the aftermath of the T20 World Cup, having suffered the injury during Australia's final pool game of the tournament and missing the semi-final and final wins.
The 29-year-old's wait to return from the most severe injury of her decorated career has now ticked past seven months.
Perry's hopes of a comeback in the recent trans-Tasman series were scuppered by a minor setback.
But the superstar is on track to take part in the WBBL, which starts on October 25 and is being staged entirely in Sydney.
"It's feeling really good and if we were playing tomorrow, I'd be available," Perry told AAP.
"We kind of opted for a really conservative approach in the recent New Zealand series.
"Not playing was an easy decision to make. Maybe it wouldn't have been if it were a different competition, a World Cup or something like that."
National coach Matthew Mott recently flagged that Perry's future bowling workloads were "something we talk about a lot" and "we are talking about that role in the Big Bash".
Perry, who has won countless games for the Sixers and Australia with both bat and ball, understands why it is a topic of discussion.
But the dual international has made it clear she wants to continue playing as an allrounder throughout the upcoming WBBL and the rest of her career.
"I don't think I'd really enjoy it to the same extent, just being a batter," Perry said.
"I don't think I'd offer anywhere near as much as a player, just being a batter.
"It's not really ever been in my mindset to do that and I don't think it ever really will be.
"For as long as I play and am capable of performing, I don't see that being any different ... I'm pretty confident if I'm going to keep playing it's going to be as an allrounder."
The sixth edition of the WBBL was initially slated to begin October 17.
The COVID19 pandemic prompted Cricket Australia to trim the length of the season by one week and retain a 59-match season.
"It is congested," Perry said.
"But given the period of time I've had to rehab – and I guess what I've been able to get through in that time - I'll certainly be aiming to play every game."