(L to R) Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner have secured long-term deals with the Sixers. (AAP: Paul Miller)
Australian cricketers are capitalising on their new pay deal with three players signing multi-year contracts.
The Sydney Sixers have secured captain Ellyse Perry and fellow Southern Stars teammate Alyssa Healy on three-year deals, with Ash Gardner signing on for two seasons.
“Really nice to have forged a great club here and to be around for another three years is really exciting and it’s nice to still be around Sydney as well,” Perry said.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with the Sixers and it’s been a thrill to be a part of some of the success we’ve achieved.
“It’s also really exciting to know there is still lots of room left for the squad to develop.”
Female cricketers are starting to reap the benefits of the biggest pay rise in the history of women’s sport.
Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have both signed three-year deals with the Sixers. (ABC News: Jennifer Browning)
For the first time this year multi-year deals are available and Perry, Healy and Gardner jumped at the chance.
“Women’s cricket contracts in the past have been hard to come by, especially money wise,” Healy said.
“It’s great now that the WBBL clubs are offering multi-year deals for players and it’s great to have that stability in your work place.”
The dream of owning a home is now a reality for many female cricketers.
Stars like Ellyse Perry can now reap the benefits of multi-year contracts under the new cricket pay deal. (AAP: Paul Miller)
“They’ve got to put bonds on houses to rent or deposits on houses to buy and they’re taking on long-term study plans so it gives them some great financial stability,” Sixers general manager Dominic Redmond said.
“Elysse, Alyssa and Ashleigh were key members of our squad for the first two years and we are excited to have them back on board as we look to defend our title.”
The Sixers will start their WBBL title defence in December, but before that there is an Ashes series to be played.
“A home Ashes series is one of the most exciting things in cricket you can be a part of,” Healy said.
“Fingers crossed we can play some good cricket and retain the Ashes.”