Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry is enjoying the rare heartwarming downtime with her family before she starts preparing for the upcoming long and grueling International cricket season at home.
Perry was supposed to play the third season in a row for Loughborough Lightning in England's women's Super League but decided not to. With an action-packed schedule looming for Australia between now and March 2020, she is looking for some time away from the game and what better way to do that than spending some time with your loved ones.
She was quoted saying to Cricket.com.au as, "It's really nice to spend a bit of time back home, I haven't had a long preseason in Australia for a few years now,"
"Every year the programs in state-land get more and more professional because we've got a group of girls who can train full-time now, so that will be really cool to spend time with them leading into our summer. It's always nice to be home and see family, too."
And, further added, "I love the travel, I feel really fortunate to have some experiences in different countries at the moment, It's nice spending time with Matt, we very much value that and I think it's – for the time being anyway – a really cool experience. I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but for now splitting my time is really cool."
Ahead of the limited overs series against New Zealand - which starts off the run leading upto the ICC Women's WT20 in the Caribbean before the Australian summer begins - Perry said, "There are always opportunities to improve, mine are reasonably small things but I'm just trying to add scoring options, particularly with T20 being such a focus this year, so we've been doing a lot of sweeping and playing square of the wicket, which is pretty cool,"
"From a bowling perspective, I'm trying to add variation to be a bit more unpredictable, because when you've around for a while people know you. So you've always got to try and evolve a little each season, so they don't know exactly what you want to do."
(Inputs from Cricket.com.au)