Ellyse Perry not fazed by shoulder injury

Champion allrounder Ellyse Perry says there's no time frame for her return from a shoulder injury.
Champion allrounder Ellyse Perry says there's no time frame for her return from a shoulder injury.

Ellyse Perry isn't worried about her shoulder injury and is positive about the prospects of returning to lead the Sydney Sixers, if they make the WBBL finals.

The champion allrounder said on Wednesday there wasn't much clarity over the time frame for her recovery after hurting her AC joint last Sunday in a game.

The Sixers initially said the injury would take between one and three weeks to heal.

Provided it doesn't extend beyond that period, Perry should be available for the Sixers if they make the finals on December 7-8.

"'I think everyone is pretty positive about that, it's hard to put a definite time frame on it because each day it's going to improve, hopefully," Perry said.

"I'm not worried about it at all; I don't think anyone really is.

"Everything going well, I should be available towards the end of the (WBBL) season."

Perry never feared the injury might jeopardise her prospects of participating in the T20 World Cup in February and March in Australia.

"It was pretty clear, straight after the game, what I'd done," she said.

"It's just a low (grade) AC tear so, in that sense, I don't think there was ever any real concern about a longer-term prospect."

Perry had every confidence in wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy leading the Sixers in her absence.

"Midge (Healy) will do her own thing, sh'e's got her own style and flair, and she's a wonderful leader in the group," Perry said.

"When I'm playing, she's very much front and centre in the way that we do things and I lean on her a lot.

"She's done the job before. She captained us to a title a couple of years ago so the girls absolutely love working under her."

Asked about the ban handed out to Hobart's Emily Smith for posting a Hurricanes' WBBL team line-up on Instagram before its official release, Perry said "I think everyone really feels for Emily in a lot of respects because she's a lovely girl.

"I've had a bit to do with her over time but, in saying that, there's also a lot of education around the integrity of the game and that's really important to cricket and Cricket Australia and to all the players involved and the fans and officials."

Australian Associated Press