Star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been badly injured and is expected to be available for the WBBL final next month.
Perry landed heavily on her right shoulder during a Sunday game in Sydney, causing fears over her fitness for the remainder of Big Bash and Australia’s T20 World Cup defense in the New Year.
However, the Sixers confirmed on Monday that Perry has suffered only a minor injury to their AC joint. Although suspended for up to three weeks, she is expected to return in time for the WBBL finals in early December.
Perry was injured in a desperate attempt to ward off Courtney Webb during the Melbourne Renegades chase against the Sydney Sixers.
Her effort was in vain when Webb’s shot went for six, but it was immediately clear that more than just the scoreboard could have been damaged when Perry clutched her right shoulder.
She stayed on the field for the remainder of the game and shrugged her shoulders to draw the attention of the Sixers. However, she had no pain, moved awkwardly and avoided putting up with her right arm.
To sting the wound with salt, Webb smashed a six after the final ball of the game to give the team of Melbourne a stunning two-wicket win.
Perry was throughout the WBBL | 05 seasons in excellent shape and finished with 469 points at 93.80 points, including four half-centuries, the second place in the league.
Earlier on Sunday, she hit a 45-ball 37 to help the Sixers to 4-139.
The Sixers still have five regular-season games in WBBL | 05, the next of which takes place on Wednesday in the North Sydney Oval against the Hobart Hurricanes, which Perry will surely miss.
The WBBL finals will take place from 6 to 8 December. The semi-finals and the final will be played by the team that takes over the league lead.
Australia’s next engagement is not before early February when they face England and India in a T20I Tri-Series ahead of the T20 Worlds.