"It's about being smart about things" ... Ellyse Perry. Photo: Getty Images
AUSTRALIAN sport's supreme juggler, Ellyse Perry, is facing a rare injury concern as she attempts to continue her packed summer schedule of football and cricket.
The dual international has been switching between the WNCL cricket and W-League football competitions, which both run between October and January.
Perry is in the Australian cricket team for the annual Rose Bowl tournament with New Zealand, but the pace bowler missed the first of the four one-day internationals against the White Ferns with calf soreness.
Mindful of a busy schedule ahead, she bowled just six overs in the second match, in which Australia achieved a women's ODI world record target of 289 at North Sydney Oval.
She missed Saturday's astonishing A-League top-of-the-table game in which Perth scored a 7-5 win over her Sydney FC team at Allianz Stadium.
While Perry has played both sports on the same weekend in the past, she sacrificed football this time, as she was mindful of her physical condition. ''It was certainly very, very hard sitting there [at Allianz Stadium] and watching, but having said that, the way things are for me at the moment, it's about being smart about things and managing it,'' she said.
Perry said she wasn't concerned about any toll on her body from playing both sports during the same season, as she had done it for several years.
''Fortunately for me I haven't really experienced too many injuries in the past, so it's a little bit of an unknown for me,'' she said.
''I think there's just patches during anyone's career that [they] go through and there's just different things that are a bit of a challenge and at the moment this is mine and it's a new one. I'm really confident with the wonderful support that we have and our staff, both in cricket and soccer, that are able to manage what I'm doing.''
Perry was adamant she could continue to juggle both sports through to their January finals as the women's one-day cricket World Cup in India looms in February.
She said she would leave it up to the Southern Stars' support staff as to whether she would be capable of bowling a full allocation of 10 overs in the last two Rose Bowl games at North Sydney on Monday and Wednesday.