Happy Birthday Ellyse Perry: Here's a Look at Five of the Best Performances by the Star Australian All-Rounder
Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry rings her 29th birthday on Sunday. Born on November 3, 1990, Perry is the backbone of the current Australian Women's cricket team and is also one of the best cricketers to have graced the game. Hailing from Sydney, the cricketer is a destructive batsman down the order and a terrific fast bowler which makes her a formidable force in the cricket field. Perry was also quite a decent soccer player too and is the only sportsperson to date, to have represented Australia in both cricket and football World Cups. Ellyse Perry of Australia Becomes the First Player to Reach 1000 Runs and Take 100 Wickets in T20Is During Women’s Ashes T20I 2019.
In July 2007, the Aussie star began her international career at the age of 16 and became the country’s youngest debutant in International cricket. To date, Perry has played 112 ODIs in which she registered 3022 runs and took 152 wickets. In T20 Internationals, the latter has 1101 runs and 106 wickets from 111 outings. In the format of the game, the all-rounder has featured in eight Test matches in which she amassed 624 runs and took 31 wickets. These numbers speak volumes about Perry’s capability with both bat and ball and the talisman is still going strong. Talking about Perry’s records, let’s look at five of the best performances by the Aussie all-rounder. ICC Women’s T20I Ranking: Ellyse Perry Grabs Top Spot in All-Rounder's Ranking After Women’s Ashes T20I 2019.
7/22 Against England Women in Canterbury
The right-arm pacer bowled a terrific spell in the third ODI of Australia Women’s 2019 Tour of England and registered the bowling figures by an Aussie woman in ODls. Defending a target of 269 runs, Perry ran through the English batting line-up and took wickets at regular intervals. The pacer dismissed seven batswomen and guided Australia to a 194 run victory.
112 Against West Indies Women in Antigua
In the second ODI of Australia Women 2019 Tour of West Indies, Perry played a commendable knock and sealed the encounters for the Aussies. Batting first, the batswoman came to bat at number three and looked at her best. The right-hander assessed the conditions first and attacked the opposition in the latter part of her innings. In the process, the notched a brilliant double ton and guided the Aussies to 308 in the first innings. In reply, the Caribbeans failed to make a comeback and could only manage 158 runs in the second innings.
213 Against England Women in Sydney
The only Test of England Women’s 2017 Tour of Australia saw a Perry special as the right-handed batswoman registered the third-highest individual score in Women’s Test. Coming to bat at number four in the second innings, Perry showed great resilience and paced her innings to perfection. The veteran brought up a scintillating double-ton and powered Australia to 448 runs in their first innings. However, England made a comeback with the bat and the match resulted in a draw.
3/38 & 6/32 Against England Women in Canterbury
The pacer looked at her prime in the one-off Test of Australia' Women's 2015 Tour of England. Australia posted 274 in the first innings and the pitch seemed decent for batting. However, Perry bowled a fantastic spell in the second innings of the match and bagged three wickets. The pacer bettered her figures in the last innings of the match and registered a six-wicket haul. Courtesy Perry's commendable bowling performance, Australia won the match by a massive margin of 161 runs.
29* & 4/20 Against Australia Women in Melbourne
The all-rounder shined with both bat and ball in the only T20I of England Women's 2007-08 Tour of Australia. Batting first, the Aussies faced a top-order collapse and were on the back foot. However, Perry scored some crucial runs in the death overs and helped Australia post 127 runs in the first innings. After playing a handy cameo, the all-rounder came good with the ball too and dismissed four English batswomen. As a result, the visitors were restricted to mere 106 runs and lost the match by 21 runs.
As of now, Perry is leading Sydney Sixers Women in the ongoing Women's Big Bash League 2019. The Sixers have won three of their first four matches and Perry will aim to guide her side to the title. Perry's form will also be crucial for Australia's success in the ICC Women T20 World Cup 2020. So, the veteran will aim to continue her purple patch and guide the Women in Yellow to the title.