Ellyse Perry Australia New Zealand Women White Ferns North Sydney Oval
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Ellyse Perry is keen on an annual women’s international fixture on the lines of the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests, traditionally held at Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground respectively. Perry has called for an annual women’s international at North Sydney Oval to rival the men’s contest. Australia Women will start their summer with a three-T20I series against the White Ferns, starting this Saturday, at the same ground.

There can be a match “very similar to the landmark dates in the Australian men’s summer calendar, with Boxing Day and the SCG Test and other Test matches, it’d be an amazing opportunity for the Australian women’s team to have a landmark date as well,” Perry told cricket.com.au.

“We could hold an annual match on the same date or thereabouts at North Sydney and make it a great annual event that families can come down to and enjoy a great day out. Whether it’s a Test, a one-day match or a T20, I don’t know, but it would be a great way to annually put the team in a place that people could really look forward to.

“In England, their various national teams really own a ground. It’s Wembley for soccer, Twickenham Stadium for rugby. “It would be great if in Australia, North Sydney became synonymous with the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.”

“It’s a really special ground for all of us to come back to,” Perry added. “It’s a great place to watch cricket. It’s beautiful, it’s historic and I think we really want to own this ground.”

Perry also spoke on the New Zealand series: “We’ve been talking about this game for a long time now and the fact it’s almost here is exciting. There’s a great feeling among the group and to be able to start the international summer for Australian cricket is a huge honour and we want to do really well.

“This is one of the best opportunities we’ve had as a team to showcase what we can do to the Australian public and hopefully excite our fans and bring new fans into the sport.”