Fans turned up in large numbers esp. in the three T20 matches © Getty Images
Fans turned up in large numbers esp. in the three T20 matches © Getty Images (representational photos)

Women’s Ashes 2015 has witnessed tremendous crowd support in the last six-weeks. Australian pace spearhead Ellyse Perry believes that the series is a master plan for future international women’s cricket. According to Perry the atmosphere was electrifying. She has also urged the crowd to continue turning in large numbers in future series’ too. 24-year old Perry who has 27 wickets from 6 Tests said that it was great to play before sell-out crowds in Women’s T20 matches at all the three grounds viz. County Ground, Chelmsford and Hove. Perry has thanked the spectators for their sporting and spirited demeanour throughout the series. READ: Women’s Ashes 2015: Anya Shrubsole eyes Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry; calls Heather Knight the prankster in team

In a conversation with Sky Sports Perry saying, “More than anything, I think this series in terms of how women’s cricket has progressed, has just been unbelievable… The crowds at each game – to sell out matches, we’ve never done that before. It speaks volumes for the tremendous work that England Cricket are doing, and also the England team, I think they’re genuine stars and the way that they play cricket is fantastic and we love the contest. It’s our turn this time to be winners, but they’ve played some great cricket to, so overall it’s been a wonderful series. I certainly enjoy the atmosphere. I’d love to be playing in front of a home crowd with that kind of emphasis and support behind you. It just makes the game really exciting.” READ: Ellyse Perry: A beauty who is good enough to represent Australia in cricket and football

“To be honest, coming out and playing in front of a crowd like that, it doesn’t make you feel like a women’s cricketer – it just makes you feel like a cricketer and you’re here to entertain. A lot of the time at home we don’t have the same kinds of crowds as this, it’s mainly family and friends. So to have that has been so special and it’s a series I’m going to remember for a long time. Hopefully it’s a benchmark that we can move forward to with women’s cricket. A lot of the credit goes to the ECB and the England team for the work they’ve done to make it such a special series,” she added.

ECB director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said, “This represents a clear measure of how the women’s game is continuously growing, and I hope that the thousands of women and girls who have come along and watched a Women’s Ashes match this summer have been inspired to play cricket themselves. The quality of some of the cricket that has been on show during the series has been world class.  Increasingly international women’s cricket is becoming a real spectacle, and my thanks to all the host venues for their hard work in delivering the matches to such a professional level.”