Perry on track to make a return for Victoria and play World Cup

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Ellyse Perry is under an injury cloud after falling awkwardly on her shoulder. © Getty Images

Ellyse Perry, the number one ranked allrounder in both the limited overs format, has confirmed that she is on track to recover in time for Women's National Cricket League matches (WNCL) and T20 World Cup early next year.

Perry is eyeing a comeback for her new state Victoria against Western Australia whom they will play on January 7 in the next round of matches in the 50-over WNCL. The star allrounder suffered a low-grade AC joint injury.

The ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year 2019 continued her stunning form in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) but missed the final matches because of landing awkwardly on her right shoulder in a desperate attempt to cut off a six from the bat of Courtney Webb in their match against Melbourne Renegades on November 17.

Perry though sounded optimistic about being fit in time for the finals of the WBBL if her team, Sydney Sixers, qualified for the same. That though didn't happen as they crashed out of the tournament for the first time since 2015.

"It’s going pretty well," Perry said of her shoulder on SEN radio on Thursday (December 19).

"It should hopefully be fully fit by the time we have our next lot of games early in the new year with 50-over domestic cricket. (It was) good and bad timing… bad timing coming right at end of the WBBL but it’s good that I’ve had a couple of weeks to get it totally right."

Ellyse Perry wanted to play Sixers' two must-win games against Adelaide Strikers on November 30 and December 1. While the allrounder could not have bowled due to her right shoulder, she still went their routine in the nets. Ben Sawyer the head coach of Sixers though opted not to rush Perry in the two matches and opted to rest her.

"I was keen to do everything I could to be available for the games," Perry said on Insight. "I think it was always going to be touch and go… but it was certainly worth having a go.

"Even though I was probably fit enough to be able to play, ultimately it became a decision about whether or not what I could put out on the park would be as good or better than our international replacement."

The Sixers' absence from the finals days gave the allrounder a chance of another five weeks to return for the WNCL for Victoria and the T20I tri-series against India and England.

That tri-series will be an opportunity for the Australian squad to refine their plans for the T20 World Cup, with that campaign to begin against India at Sydney Showgrounds on February 21.

"I think there’s some really good preparation in place (for us) and hopefully it’s a successful campaign for us because it’s a huge tournament," Perry said.