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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
31
HEIGHT
172CM
BORN

Melbourne

COUNTRY

Australia

Australia
STATE

WA

WA
LOCAL CLUB

Essendon Maribyrnong Park

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 Australian Women's cricket team, 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 Australian Women's cricket team 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.

In 2018, Villani was an integral part of the Australian Women's cricket team, which went all the way to win a fourth ICC World T20 championship.

Road to the Trophy: The story behind Australia's 2018 win

Featuring never-before-seen footage, some of the stars of the Australian Women's Cricket Team share the inside story behind the ups and downs of their T20 World Cup triumph in the Caribbean in 2018


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Perry returns from injury as Vics thrash WA

Elyse Villani's brilliant 99 and Annabel Sutherland's three-wicket haul ensured Ellyse Perry's Victorian debut was a successful one, with the Aussie allrounder making a successful return from injury


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A lifelong friendship, forged on the cricket field

Elyse Villani was Kristen Beams' first wicket in Victorian Premier Cricket, but it's been all up from there as the Stars teammates forged a close friendship


21 for 21: The players behind Australia’s incredible streak

A player-by-player look at the moments and numbers that helped Australia win a world record-equalling 21 consecutive ODIs


Bushfire Bash gifts Villani healthy dose of perspective

Elyse Villani missed out on a spot in Australia's T20 World Cup squad but is thrilled to be part of the star-studded cast playing in this weekend's Bushfire Cricket Bash


Controlling the controllable key for Cup hopeful

Elyse Villani continues to make a case for World Cup selection but the Victorian says rediscovering her enjoyment of batting has been her main concern


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