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Perry told to choose either cricket or football

Last updated on: May 30, 2012 12:08 IST

Perry told to choose either cricket or football

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Star Australian sportswoman Ellyse Perry may soon have to make a tough choice of choosing either cricket or football.

Perry is the first Australian woman to represent her country at a senior World Cup in both cricket and soccer and has managed to split her time between the two games since she was first selected for Australia in both the sports as a 16-year-old.

However, her football club -- Canberra United -- where she plays as fullback, has given her an ultimatum to make a final choice if she wants to pursue soccer or cricket.


Image: Ellyse Perry of Australia bowls during the Women's Twenty20 match
Photographs: Matt King/Getty Images

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'If Perry wants to mix cricket with football then she will need to find another club'

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Canberra United chief executive Heather Reid said sternly that either Perry quits cricket or find another club.

"Ellyse needs to choose whether she wants to be a full-time Canberra United player and commit to training every day like everyone else does," Reid told ABC Radio.

"Or if she still wants to try and mix her cricket commitments with football, then perhaps she will need to find another club," he added.


Image: Ellyse Perry of United controls the ball during the round nine W-League match
Photographs: Matt King/Getty Images

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'I'm in no great hurry to make up my mind'

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Meanwhile, Perry, a women's Ashes-winning pacer and Matildas World Cup defender, confirmed that a communication had been sent to her about the club's move but she hasn't made up her mind as next W-League season is scheduled later in the year.

"My first choice is to stay with Canberra. They are a fantastic club to play for. Right now I'm in no great hurry to make up my mind, one way or the other," Perry, 21, told The Australian.

Perry plays soccer in the Sydney Women's League with the North West Sydney Koalas and is also a part of the Australian cricket squad.


Image: Ellyse Perry
Photographs: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

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