She added: “Words matter, and words demonstrate respect as well. By not changing the terms, you’re disrespecting half the population.
“I’m not saying people are deliberately trying to offend but it’s a bit like bullying – whether you’re bullied or not is dictated by the person who is on the end of it, not the person who’s doing it.”
Perth Scorchers fast bowler Piepa Cleary agreed that attitudes to female cricketers needed to change, but admitted it could take a “long time”.
“Everyone still says female athletes or female cricket, but we’re athletes playing cricket,” she said.
“We need to stop being compared to the men’s game and be recognised for playing the sport in our own field.
“It’s going to take a long time to change, but hopefully it will start to happen sooner rather than later.”
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