10 Cricketers Who Previously Played Other Sport

Ellyse Perry – Football

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One of the greatest Women cricketer, Perry debuted in July 2007 before turning 17. She started as bowling all-rounder and was Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the 2010 Women’s T20 World Cup. Her three wickets in the final against the Kiwis helped the Aussies win the title.

Before cricket, Perry played football sport for Matilda. One month before debuting for cricket, she made her debut in football. She even represented Australia in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In Women’s league, Perry played for Sydney FC.

She played as a defender in the 2008 Asian Games and also scored a goal against South Korea. She also hosted a football show named ‘Football Stars of tomorrow’. Perry is currently No. 1 all-rounder in ODIs and T20Is in ICC rankings. She has the double of 1000 runs and 100 T20 wickets.

In 2013 Women’s World Cup final, she bowled with ankle pain against West Indies. In that match she ended with figures of 3/19. Perry also performed well in the Ashes. In 2015 she became the Player of the Series for being highest run-scorer and highest wicket-taker.

Nathan Astle – Autoracing

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Astle is one of the premium batsman and prolific all-rounders from New Zealand. He has scored over 7000 Test runs and 4000 ODI runs which included 27 centuries combined. He played in three World Cups and retired weeks before the 2007 one.

After retiring he took up autoracing sport as profession in 2010. He competed in the modified sprint category in Ruapuna Speedway in Christchurch. Later in 2013 he came third in the South Island Champs on the same track. Astle is determined to achieve success in this sport too.

In cricket, he holds the record of fastest Test double hundred. He achieved this feat against England in Christchurch in 2002. Astle became New Zealand’s ODI batsman of the year in 2006. He also holds the unfortunate record of most ducks in World Cup cricket.