To see the traction that the game is getting, and the interest from the public, the number of viewers has been absolutely incredible © Getty Images
Ellyse Perry added to see the traction that the game is getting, and the interest from the public, the number of viewers has been absolutely incredible © Getty Images

Ellyse Perry, arguably Australia’s finest cricketer and one of the best in world cricket has expressed excitement and joy with the coming of Governor General’s XI, which will be like a counterpart to the men’s Prime Minister’s XI. The declaration of an annual Governor General’s XI match was made by Peter Cosgrove. The format to be followed will be the same as that for men’s. The move is hailed by not just Perry but many other cricketers as well. Talking of Cosgrove, he is the current Governor General of Australia. The first match is scheduled for January 22. It is a 20-over game against India to be played at Drummoyne Oval. This will assist the team and give them some practice before they take on Australia’s Southern Stars. Entry to the game is complementary. READ: Ellyse Perry not contemplating equalling St George’s record of 11 consecutive victories

Ellyse Perry was quoted by ABC News Online saying, “It’s a wonderful opportunity. I think it has been a quite an exciting and fantastic summer, but maybe in a lot of ways a watershed summer for women’s cricket in Australia. To see the traction that the game is getting, and the interest from the public, the number of viewers has been absolutely incredible. It’s been a wonderful development for the women’s game in Australia. I think that [professional status] is certainly where the women’s game is heading [professional]. That’s certainly the end goal.”

Meanwhile, Cosgrove said, “I think we have all been thrilled, especially in the last number of years about the wonderful success, professional skills and popularity of the women’s game in Australia. Young women have taken the game to the highest levels both here and abroad and I am delighted today to say … I am announcing, in collaboration and with the full cooperation of Cricket Australia, the Governor General’s XI. I hope it is the first of many. I hope that this annual match will encourage even more Australians to celebrate the skill, talent and determination of our nation’s women cricketers” READ: Ellyse Perry may play England County cricket to spend time with fiancée

James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO added that women’s cricket is gaining popularity at a high pace in Australia, “I think the support we are seeing through those television ratings is really important, but I think more important is the psyche around the fact that cricket is a sport for girls too, and I really sense that people are starting to understand that. Men, who perhaps have had a particular mindset in the past, are starting to encourage young girls and perhaps their own daughters into the game.”