Ellyse Perry New Gear Set, Staple, Women’s Cricket Equipment, Australian Sports Changer

EXCLUSIVE – It changed the game on the pitch and now it’s changing the game.

Sports star Elise Perry is preparing to launch her own line of cricket gear in an entry-level project that will create a legacy for female athletes.

When Adidas withdrew from cricket and left Perry – the first female Australian male player to score double 5,000 pitches and 300 wickets in international cricket – without a batting sponsor, a new conversation about the equipment gap for the race also began.

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Australia's Elise Perry (right) appeals the LBW decision against England's Sophie Ecclestone (left) during the women's ODI match in Melbourne on February 6, 2022. Photo: AFP
Australia’s Elise Perry (right) appeals the LBW decision against England’s Sophie Ecclestone (left) during the women’s ODI match in Melbourne on February 6, 2022. Photo: AFPSource: Agence France-Presse

From media coverage to science and sports equipment, women’s sports have always been sidelined, but the 31-year-old Sydney Sixers captain will head to the wicket position on Thursday, October 13 as an entrepreneur.

Appropriately, Berry – indispensable to the Australian team for the past 15 years – described her group… Staple.

“I feel very upset to be a part of this and to help create something that will make cricket equipment accessible to everyone who plays the game,” she said.

“There was a space out there where the cricket equipment wasn’t considered everyone playing the game…You still see professional players with belts on their pads and with their thigh pads falling off.

“There has been a lot of research and technical sports equipment designed with primarily male athletes in mind, and my goal was to help bridge that gap.

“But this range was intended to make equipment more accessible to everyone, including boys and girls, men and women.”

Elise Perry has unveiled her new range of Staple cricket equipment.Source: Provider

Josh White, director of the Perry Club, said that while the energy around women and sports has been one of the most exciting trends in the sports industry right now, Perry has long thought about the evolution of women’s cricket and its equipment as the next frontier.

“Pez (Perry) has known JP (from cricket manufacturer JP Gavan) for some time, so it made sense to develop a range of gear with him – he’s been a bat repairman for the likes of Shane Watson and even current Test player Steve Smith for some time.”

Perry’s bat collection includes three models: Loftburg, Oakhill and St Ives – all of which are a personal reference to Perry’s journey through cricket from where she first learned batting at Loftberg to her small club Oakhill and curling in St Ives where she still goes to bat with her father and brother.

When the Sixers begin their WBBL campaign Thursday against the Brisbane Heat in Mackay, they will use St Ives for the first time in competition.

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“I’ve been talking with Josh (Gavan) for a long time about bats and equipment since he was fixing bats for me back in 2017 and I’m excited about what we’ve produced…It would also be great to come out on Thursday with equipment that everyone can use – from young to old.”

In addition to her new start-up, Perry has also been working on her nomination in a bid to protect her back from injury and reclaim her role as Australia’s top coach this summer.

Perry injured her back in the ODI World Cup Final against England after losing her place in the T20 ODI team – but there were signs at The Hundred that she was finding a better move.

“I will continue to build over the summer, and the goal is to eventually start playing bowling without restriction,” Berry said. “I have reshaped my work, changing my foot and alignment when crumple.

“I’m running a little faster and jumping more straight on the crease which I hope helps me stay injury-free…also helping with delivery and what’s going on at the other end.

“When you have easy work, the ball tends to come out better…that’s the plan anyway.”

This year’s WBBL coverage is part of Kayo’s commitment to women’s sports which features a record number of broadcast hours throughout September and October.

WBBL starts on October 13th and only KAYO Sports will be showing every WBBL match live and on demand.

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