IT is hard to believe Ellyse Perry is only 22.
The first woman to represent Australia at a senior World Cup in two different sports seems to have been in the spotlight for years, is cashing in on her unique dual life with a growing media profile and speaks about both her status and her careers with the maturity of a veteran.
Six years since making her debut for both the Southern Stars and and Matildas at the age of 16, Perry is about to grace the oldest first-class cricket venue in Australia for the first time when her New South Wales team takes on Tasmanian Roar at Launceston's NTCA Ground today, tomorrow and Sunday.
She fulfils her media commitments with aplomb, talking up the fixture and state with an attitude that many of her male counterparts could learn much from.
``I've played both domestic and international cricket at Bellerive and it's always been a great experience,'' she said yesterday.
``It's always a little bit cooler down there and the conditions are different to what we're used to so it's good for us to experience that.
``But this is my first time in Launceston and I'm looking forward to it.
``It's exciting to play in new places and especially at a ground with so much history.
``Tasmania's been a wonderful breeding ground for players in the men's game and the women are also very talented cricketers.
``It's a fantastic place to develop as a cricketer and has a really important role to play in Australian cricket.''
Having become the youngest player ever to represent Australia in cricket means the Wahroonga-born all-rounder has packed a lot of experience into those 22 years.
Perry played in all of Australia's matches at the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup and was player of the match as it won the final. Three years later she was the opening bowler in the team that won the 50-over World Cup in Mumbai.
She has also played for three teams in soccer's W-League and represented Australia in both the Asian Cup and 2011 World Cup in Germany, where the team reached the quarter-final.
She speaks glowingly about the experiences sport has given her.
``I've had a wonderful time with what I've been able to do in cricket,'' she said.
``I was fortunate enough to play when I was 16 years old. The growth of the game since then has been fantastic and it's been wonderful to be involved in that.
``I've been fortunate to be involved at an exciting time for the game.''
Inevitably, Perry frequently gets asked about having to chose between the sports.
In 2010, when faced with either playing at the Twenty20 World Cup or the Asian Cup, she chose cricket, but still answers the question with a straight bat.
``I've been really fortunate to have had support from both sports to be able to still play so I just have the job of going out and participating in two great sports and we've had success in both which has been wonderful.
``Two World Cup wins with the cricket team and soccer success in the Asian Cup both got really fantastic coverage and it's been good to watch the profile of the sports continue to grow because increasing coverage and awareness means more girls playing.
``I don't think too far ahead about where I might end up. My ultimate goal was to enjoy what I was doing and be really passionate about whatever sport I played.
``Where that leads me I'm not sure but what I'm doing I've got a lot of passion for and I hope to continue doing that for the rest of my career.''
Perry laughs at the suggestion that she is already an older statesman in sport.
``I don't perceive myself as that!'' she said.
``I guess I have been around for a while now but I'll leave that role to Alex Blackwell and a few others.''