Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry's hopes of playing in the first match of Australia's international summer were dealt a further blow on Thursday after she missed the side's practice match.
The team's hierarchy and sports science staff will make a call on Thursday night on her availability for game one of the Twenty20 series on Saturday, but there must be considerable doubt as to whether she will get on the park.
Ellyse Perry is in doubt for Australia’s T20 against New Zealand, more than six months after injuring her hamstring.Credit:AAP
On the comeback trail from hamstring surgery, Perry sat out the 40-over-a-side game against New Zealand at Brisbane's Allan Border Field. She also failed to take part in the team's centre-wicket practice session on Monday.
Perry is proficient enough to play as a specialist batter if cleared to field but there will be questions over risking such an important player if she is not 100 per cent fit.
The 29-year-old has not played a competitive game since suffering a severe hamstring injury in the field in the final group game of the T20 World Cup against New Zealand in March.
Perry said earlier this month she was targeting a return in Saturday's game but conceded she was unlikely to be able to play all six of the T20 and one-day internationals against the White Ferns due to the compressed schedule.
"If I'm playing I want to be able to play in the way I always play," Perry said. "But it's about managing the frequency of matches that I play.
"This series … is quite condensed, and the games are fairly close together. So it might not be possible or sensible to play all of those games. But hopefully there's an opportunity to be able to play in some of them."
Saturday's game will be the national women's team's first since their victory in front of more than 86,000 fans in the T20 World Cup final.
The side can equal the all-time record of 21 consecutive ODI victories, held by Ricky Ponting's men in 2003, if it can win all three games of the Rose Bowl series against the White Ferns.
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