Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who celebrated another victory against England on Sunday, July 28, is immensely proud of the team’s hot series and their own contribution.
Perry’s consistent performances in the ongoing Ashes series have contributed significantly to Australia’s success on the tour. The all-rounder was the main architect in three of the five victories of her team.
She won her fourth Player of the Match award in the multi-format series on Sunday and was the only cricket player to score a double of 1,000 runs and 100 goals in T20 internationals.
“I think it’s beautiful, but I did not know,” said Perry, whose unbeaten 47 on Sunday led to a comfortable seven wicket win in the second T20I Australia.
“I’ve played quite a lot of games now, so if you’ve played 100 games, you could come close, which is probably the only reason I’m there – because I played a lot of games.”
Throughout the tour, Perry has proven her skills as a world-class all-rounder, delivering incredible performances. In the second match of the ODI series with three games in Leicester, the Sydney-born cricketer recorded bowling numbers of 7/22, the best ever Australian had in cricket with 50 overs. She followed at 116 and 76 * in the rain-affected test in Taunton – a game that seemed to be largely in control of Australia.
Perry, who completed an unbeaten 87-run stand with skipper Meg Lanning on Sunday, was very pleased with the overall performance of their team and appreciated the role of their captain in the partnership.
“It was really nice to shoot every game and find a way for us to dominantly win and win,” Perry said. “It was really cool to be out there with Meg, I really enjoy playing with her, and she’s amazing when she leaves, being at the other end is really easy.”
Perry’s effectiveness with the ball was illustrated by her performances against Amy Jones, England’s opening act. Jones came in the series with an average of more than 50 in their last ten innings with limited number of inserts in the series, but Perry had her number and dismissed her four times for the cost of five runs in 25 deliveries.
However, Perry believes the kick-off in England will soon be back in shape. “Honestly, I did not think about it without disrespecting Amy because I think she’s a wonderful player,” Perry said. “I’m not sure if many of these balls were particularly good, I think maybe – I hope she does not mind me saying that – there were some interesting decisions and I think she just feels the pressure a bit ,
“She’s trying to get things going, and it was her pick for different balls she pulled out, rather than for my good bowling, it was one of those series in which we fought a bit, I’m sure she will come out someday. “