Elyse Villani

Elyse Jayne Villani (born 6 October 1989) is an Australian cricketer who played for the Australia national women's team from 2009 to 2019. She has also played domestic cricket for various teams in both the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) and the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).

Elyse Villani
2018–19 WBBL PS v ST 18-12-29 Villani (01).jpg
Villani batting for Perth Scorchers (WBBL) during WBBL|04.
Personal information
Full name
Elyse Jane Villani
Born (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 33)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
BowlingRight arm fast medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 167)10 January 2014 v England
Last Test9 November 2017 v England
ODI debut (cap 126)19 January 2014 v England
Last ODI3 March 2019 v New Zealand
T20I debut (cap 27)3 June 2009 v New Zealand
Last T20I24 November 2018 v England
Domestic team information
2014/15Northern Districts
2015/16–2017/18Western Australia
2015/16–2018/19Perth Scorchers
2019/20–2021/22Melbourne Stars
2022/23–presentHobart Hurricanes
2017–2018Loughborough Lightning
2022–presentTrent Rockets
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WBBL[1]
Matches 3 34 62 114
Runs scored 72 603 1369 3079
Batting average 14.40 21.53 28.52 31.10
100s/50s 0/0 0/3 0/12 1/24
Top score 33 75 90* 100*
Balls bowled 6 252 33
Wickets 0 7 3
Bowling average 35.71 15.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/42 3/16
Catches/stumpings 2/– 16/– 16/– 50/1
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 December 2022

Cricket careerEdit

Villani began playing domestic cricket for Victoria. She played for the Australia under-21 side in 2008. This team beat the senior Australian team in January 2008 in a match where Villani scored 85 runs from 78 balls,[2] then came within 6 runs of defeating them again in October 2008.[3] She was one of six members of the under-21 team to be named in Australia's 30-player preliminary squad for the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup,[4] but she was not in the final squad for the tournament.

Villani made her international cricket debut for Australia in 2009 in a Women's Twenty20 International against New Zealand.[5] She was part of the Victorian team that won the inaugural Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup and part of Australia's team for the 2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20, but she lost her place in the national team after the tournament.[5][6] She didn't return to international cricket until 2013.[5] In the 2013–14 Women's Ashes series, she played for Australia in all three formats, making her Test and ODI debuts.[5]

Villani played for Australia in the 2014 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. She helped Australia win their final group match, scoring 90 runs from 54 balls against Pakistan.[7] She was one of the biggest boundary-hitters of the Australian team, who made it to the final against England,[8] which they won.

In June 2015, she was named as one of Australia's touring party for the 2015 Women's Ashes in England.[9]

In April 2018, she was one of the fourteen players to be awarded a national contract for the 2018–19 season by Cricket Australia.[10] In October 2018, she was named in Australia's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[11][12]

In November 2018, she was named in the Perth Scorchers' squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[13][14] In April 2019, Cricket Australia awarded her with a contract ahead of the 2019–20 season.[15][16] In June 2019, Cricket Australia named her in Australia's team for their tour to England to contest the Women's Ashes.[17][18]

In January 2022, Villani was named in Australia's A squad for their series against England A, with the matches being played alongside the Women's Ashes.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Villani was a student at Eltham College in Melbourne.[20]

She came out as lesbian in 2015, the second member of the Australian team to do so after Alex Blackwell.[21]

Villani's nickname is "Junior".[22] She is an ambassador for Gray-Nicolls.[23]


  1. ^ "Elyse Villani". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Shooting Stars gun down Australia". ESPNcricinfo. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Nitschke starts in Australia Women's win". ESPNcricinfo. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Bulow, Smith and Britt recalled". ESPNcricinfo. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "Elyse Villani". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Victoria crush rivals to gain first T20 trophy". ESPNcricinfo. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Villani's 90 sets up Australia win". ESPNcricinfo. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  8. ^ Gardner, Alan (5 April 2014). "Lanning promises 'feisty' final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Women's Ashes: Australia include three potential Test debutants". BBC. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Molineux, Kimmince among new Australia contracts; Beams, Cheatle miss out". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Australia reveal World Twenty20 squad". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Jess Jonassen, Nicole Bolton in Australia's squad for ICC Women's World T20". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  13. ^ "WBBL04: All you need to know guide". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "The full squads for the WBBL". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Georgia Wareham handed first full Cricket Australia contract". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Georgia Wareham included in Australia's 2019-20 contracts list". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Molineux misses Ashes squad, Vlaeminck included". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Tayla Vlaeminck beats injury to make Australian women's Ashes squad". The Guardian. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Alana King beats Amanda-Jade Wellington to place in Australia's Ashes squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  20. ^ "Sport". Eltham College. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  21. ^ Helmers, Caden (20 November 2017). "Women's Ashes: Australian cricketer Elyse Villani lauds marriage equality result". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  22. ^ Staff writer (9 August 2013). "Introducing the players out to defend the Ashes as the Southern Stars get ready for England test". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Ambassadors". GRAY-NICOLLS. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Elyse Villani at Wikimedia Commons