Elyse Villani


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



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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.

Lanning, young quick discuss Ashes squad

Tayla Vlaeminck and Nicole Bolton have been included in a strong Australia squad to travel to the UK for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes tour

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Australia reveal squad for Women's Ashes defence

Australia's squad for the upcoming Ashes in the UK has been revealed, with tearaway quick Tayla Vlaeminck and opener Nicole Bolton joining a strong group

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Villani leads Scorchers to victory

She may have been involved in running out her skipper, but Elyse Villani made up for it with this unbeaten 66 from 50

Heartbroken Villani determined to find next level

Elyse Villani identifies personal improvement and growth as the keys to finding her way back into the Australia side


Lessons for Villani after Windies tour omission

The Southern Stars coach says veteran Elyse Villani is clear on where she needs to improve in order to return to the Australian XI

T20 specialist Villani primed to take on England

After a successful stint with Australia A, explosive batter Elyse Villani is eager to make an impact in the T20 leg of the Ashes series