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.

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

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Stars skipper Villani's half-century in vain

Melbourne Stars captain Elyse Villani struck her second fifty of WBBL|05 with a 44-ball 59 against the Sixers

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Penna spins a webb around the Thunder

In just her second Big Bash game for the Melbourne Stars, leg-spinner Madeline Penna led the wicket-taking with 4-20 from four overs

Villani keen to lure Lanning back to Stars

Meg Lanning is out of contract with the Scorchers after this season, and Stars skipper Elyse Villani may just have an ace up her sleeve in the race to sign the Aussie captain

Villani shelves anger over axing with Stars in her sights

Elyse Villani is shelving her anger as she focuses on captaining the Stars in the first standalone WBBL season

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