Australia’s Ellyse Perry has won the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced today.
The award has been introduced in memory of Heyhoe Flint, one of cricket’s legendary figures, a World Cup winner and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, who passed in January 2017 at the age of 77.
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Perry, the 27-year-old all-rounder from Sydney, had scored an undefeated 213 and took three wickets in the one-off Ashes Test in Sydney and, accumulated 905 runs and took 22 wickets in 19 ODIs during the voting period. She also scored 28 runs and bagged four wickets in four Twenty20 Internationals.
The voting academy included respected members of the media and broadcasters. New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Harmanpreet Kaur of India finished second and third, respectively.
This is Perry’s maiden ICC award since becoming the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she debuted in 2007 before her 17th birthday despite never having played a domestic match at the senior level.
She has now joined a select group of Australia women’s cricketers to have won the annual ICC awards. Karen Rolton and Shelley Nitschke won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2006 and 2010, respectively, while Mag Lanning won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award in 2015. In 2014, Lanning had also won the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year award.
Reacting to the news, a delighted Perry said: “2017 has been a very special year for women’s cricket with many milestones reached, so it is a privilege and honour to receive the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award. I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work and legacy Rachael has left behind for the game, she is certainly missed.
“A special thanks to Cricket Australia for the incredible amount of support they provide to the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the way in which they continue to lead the development of women’s sport in Australia. Also, my team mates and our support staff, thanks so much for making it so enjoyable and memorable to tour and represent Australia. And finally, to my family and friends for their continued and unwavering support, it is truly appreciated.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Perry, saying: “On behalf of the ICC, I want to congratulate Ellyse for winning the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Cricketer of the Year. This recognizes the outstanding player of the year in memory of one of the true legends of the game. Rachael’s contribution to the game goes beyond the cricket field as she not only led her team to victory at the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973 but also played a big part in helping organise it.
“Ellyse has been outstanding during the voting period. She is a worthy winner and an inspiration and a role model for millions of young and emerging players and I’m sure Ellyse will be honoured to be the first recipient of the award.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite has clinched the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award, while Perry’s team-mate Beth Mooney has won the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year and ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year awards.
The Windies’ pair of Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor finished second and third, respectively, in the T20I Player of the Year category.
ICC has also announced the women’s ODI and T20I Teams of the year.