Ellyse Perry stars for Australia in Women’s Ashes Test with record knock against England
Ellyse Perry has broken the Australian women’s Test record for the highest score, smashing an unbeaten 213 against England in their day-night Women’s Ashes encounter at North Sydney Oval.
Australia declared at 9-448, just four balls after Perry had brought up her double century, before England made it through to stumps on day three on 40 without loss.
The hosts hold a first-innings lead of 128 runs, courtesy of amassing their third-highest total in Tests.
Perry’s mark eclipses Karen Rolton’s 209 not out against England in the 2001 Ashes. It is the third highest in the world behind Pakistani Kiran Baluch’s 242 in 2004 and Indian Mithali Raj’s 214 in 2002.
Incredibly, the score was Perry’s first above 100 for Australia after she had passed 50 on 28 occasions across all three formats of the game.
Perry first thought she had her double century when she lofted a ball to the mid-wicket boundary off Laura Marsh on 194, only for replays to show the ball had bounced just short of the rope.
But she brought up the 200 in the following over when she drove Sophie Ecclestone back down the ground and hit her for another four. Perry belted a six later in the over before Australia declared.
The 27-year-old’s innings was virtually chanceless, with England’s best hopes of dismissing her only coming as she attempted to loft balls into the deep late.
After she was patient amid Friday’s mini-collapse of 3-13, she upped the ante as she whacked 11 boundaries in her second 50.
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She exploded after dinner to hit 46 in the 50 minutes after the break, as she returned to the sheds with 26 four and one six.
Perry was not alone on the third day, putting on 102 runs for the sixth wicket with Alyssa Healy (45). Debutante Tahlia McGrath (47) joined her for an Australian record seventh-wicket stand of 103.
All-rounder Jess Jonnasen provided a late cameo as she hit 24 from 39 balls before she holed out trying to attack Laura Marsh (3-98).
Amanda-Jade Wellington was trapped LBW by Ecclestone (3-107) for 2, before number 11 Megan Schutt played out a crucial six deliveries to see Perry to her double century.
England faced a difficult 17 overs under lights at North Sydney Oval, but openers Tammy Beaumont (25 not out) and Lauren Winfield (12 not out) survived to get through to stumps.
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