Sixer sisters heading our way
THEY are Alyssa Healy (left) and Ellyse Perry (right) — otherwise known as Pudd and Dags — and they are probably the best batting combination in women’s cricket right now. They combined for a team score of 0-199 on Sunday as their Sydney Sixers scored a huge WBBL victory. They are coming to Tasmania next week, taking on the Hurricanes in a T20 at Launceston’s Invermay Park.
WHEN Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry take to the field together, they’ll always be Pudd and Dags.
Whether playing for Australia, the NSW Breakers or Sydney Sixers, they’ll never forget where it all started — playing school cricket together as nine-year-old kids.
“We first played cricket together in primary school, in the Primary School Sport Association,” Healy said.
“I always remember how baggy Pez’s uniform was — she was so little back then, but it was so baggy that we nicknamed her Dags.
“And Pez calls me Pudd, as does Mum, because I used to be a short, fat little thing.”
Pudd and Dags may be all grown up, but that combination that goes way back is now a deadly mix that dominates international women’s cricket. Last Sunday, Healy and Perry smashed the record for the highest opening partnership in WBBL history (0-199) in the Sixers’ 45-run victory over the Melbourne Stars at the WACA.
Healy tonked a 52-ball century and now has a formidable WBBL strike rate of 159.20.
Perry is not far behind with an impressive 139.50 strike rate of her own.
It was only last month when Healy set the world record for the highest score in a women’s T20 fixture, hitting an unbeaten 148 off just 61 deliveries against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval.
The Australian keeper-batter said she’s just happy her form is peaking for the ICC Women’s World Cup which starts in February. “In this WBBL, I haven’t been making great decisions with my batting, that was something I identified last week to tidy up,” Healy said.
“So it was pleasing to finally put it all together on Sunday, and to have a good partnership with Pez.”
The pair will be in action in Launceston next Wednesday when the Sixers face the Hurricanes at Invermay Park.
While Healy is delighted the Matildas could soon earn the same pay as the Socceroos, closing the gender pay gap in Australian cricket isn’t her top priority right now.
“It’s really exciting for them [the Matildas], it’s a fight they’ve been pushing for a long period of time,” Healy said.
“Times have changed quite dramatically over the years. We’re starting to have conversations about equal pay and what’s fair and right in our sporting teams.”
Healy understands better than most the current pay disparity between male and female cricketers through her marriage to Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc.
She said she doesn’t need an immediate pay rise, but admitted that if the interest and participation in women’s cricket continues to skyrocket, extra money could be on the cards.
I ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW BAGGY PEZ’S
UNIFORM WAS — SHE WAS SO LITTLE BACK THEN, BUT IT WAS SO BAGGY THAT WE NICKNAMED HER DAGS
ALYSSA HEALY on Ellyse Perry
RECORD PARTNERSHIP: Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy on Sunday.