Sydney schoolgirl prodigy Perry will make cricket history at a fittingly historic venue when she pits her all-round skills against the Ashes holders at Bradman Oval.
At 17 years and 104 days she will surpass Ian Craig who was 17 years and 239 days old when he made his Test debut. The player of the tournament in the recent one-day international series drawn 2-2 with old foes England, Perry wasn't on the scene when England claimed the Ashes from Australia in 2005.
"I was in year nine at Pymble Ladies' College, and I like to follow women's cricket as much as I can, so I was at home cheering the girls on" she said. However, her senior teammates have told her a lot of what to expect and Perry says the team is bent on claiming victory in the four-day Test - following the example of Ricky Ponting's team last summer.
"The fact that we lost it (the Ashes) last time, we're obviously very hungry to win it back, and just like the men, hopefully we can come out with some really strong performances and if we can emulate something along those lines would be great," Perry said.
Perry is among four Southern Stars who will receive their first baggy green, along with fast bowlers Kirsten Pike and Emma Sampson and wicketkeeper Leonie Coleman.
Captain Karen Rolton is looking forward to the only Test on the women's cricket calendar and says it will be a close match.
"Both the teams are pretty evenly matched at the moment and that was reflected in the drawn one-day series," Rolton said. "We are very proud to be able to wear the baggy green cap and represent Australia in Test cricket. It's going to be very exciting for the debutantes in the side when they receive their first baggy green on the morning of day one. It is a moment in their careers which they will remember for a long time."
Australia: Karen Rolton (capt), Lisa Sthalekar, Sarah Andrews, Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Melissa Bulow, Leonie Coleman, Shelley Nitschke, Ellyse Perry, Kirsten Pike and Emma Sampson. Sarah Edwards (12th).
England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Sarah Taylor, Beth Morgan, Claire Taylor, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Rosalie Birch, Nicky Shaw, Laura Marsh, Stephanie Davies, Holly Colvin, Isa Guha and Caroline Atkins.