Australia's Sarah Elliott completed century in Ashes Test between breastfeeds

Sarah Elliott of Australia poses for a photograph with her son Sam at the end of Day Three of the Women’s Ashes series match at Wormsley Cricket Ground © Getty Images

Aug 15, 2013

Australian cricketer Sarah Elliott, who scored her maiden international century in the Ashes Test this week, was breastfeeding her nine-month-old baby boy during the lunch and tea breaks.

While she may have impressed her friends back in Australia, they wouldn’t have been surprised as it was a common knowledge at her club in Dandenong, Victoria, that she returned to the gym just six weeks after giving birth to her baby boy, Sam.

According to The Guardian, Elliott remained determined throughout her pregnancy to play for Australia. She got up four times in the night to feed her son and went on to score 95 before stumps the following day. On the next night, her husband took care of Sam so she could complete her century in the morning.

The captain of VicSpirit team, Kelly Applebee said, “She always wants to bowl the best and bat the best. Anyone who has ever played against her would say she is great to play against and I’m sure England would say the same thing.

“She’s very gracious. I don’t think I have ever heard her sledge. She might sometimes disagree, but in all the years I’ve been playing alongside her she hasn’t said a bad word about anyone. She can sometimes be grumpy though,” she added.

Applebee added that Elliott would stay in Victoria for few months to train, and then go back to Darwin where her husband works.

“I don’t have kids myself, but many people have said to me they struggled just to get dressed when their babies were nine months old, so to come out and play cricket for Australia is incredible. Since she had Sam she has told me she still has a little more in the tank.”

Elliott, who was indeed deprived of sleep while taking care of her baby, said that she wanted to make the most of the opportunity.

“It’s great to make the most of what might be my only opportunity,” she said.