Perry ruled out of World T20I

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The twice International Cricket Council women’s cricketer of the year hobbled off the field in tears after suffering a right hamstring injury during Monday’s four-run victory over New Zealand that sealed their place in Thursday’s second semi-final against South Africa

Defending champion Australia suffered a major blow ahead of the knockout stage of the Women’s World T20I when all-rounder Ellyse Perry was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament Tuesday.

The twice International Cricket Council women’s cricketer of the year hobbled off the field in tears after suffering a right hamstring injury during Monday’s four-run victory over New Zealand that sealed their place in Thursday’s second semi-final against South Africa.

The team said Perry would not be replaced in the squad.

South Africa finished top of Group B after their final group match against West Indies at the Sydney Showground Stadium was washed out Tuesday.

They finished ahead of inaugural 2009 champion England who will play India, the only team to win all four group matches, in Thursday’s first semi-final.

Amazing @aap_photos pic from Scott Barbour of a shattered Ellyse Perry straight away. It will be used everywhere. pic.twitter.com/vn7VkBrwZP

The final takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Sunday.

Thailand signed off from their maiden World T20I in style Tuesday, claiming a point after their final Group B match was abandoned because of rain.

Electing to bat, Thailand posted a strong 150/3 after openers Nattakan Chantam (56) and Nattaya Boochatham (44) gave them a flying start.

But steady rain poured cold water on their hopes of an upset and the match was abandoned after the innings break during which the Thais entertained the crowd with an impromptu dance-off.