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SportEllyse Perry faultless as Australia inches closer to Ashes victory

00:11  20 july  2019
00:11  20 july  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Ellyse Perry of Australia plays a shot Getty Images. Perhaps it was the fact she was still surrounded by her fellow Australian players on the team bus as they made the journey to Taunton for the Ashes Test starting Perry had another one of those days the last time Australia played England in a Test.

England were all out for 75 – Ellyse Perry taking seven for 22 – and they lost to Australia by 194 runs leaving the visitors two points short of retaining the Ashes .

Ellyse Perry faultless as Australia inches closer to Ashes victory© PA Ton of talent: Australia's Ellyse Perry (right) celebrates her 100 with Racheal Haynes.

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329 runs. 655 deliveries. 818 minutes at the crease. 1436 days ago.

Tony Abbott was still Prime Minister, Donald Trump a reality television host. That's how long it was between Ellyse Perry’s dismissals for Australia while batting in whites. Of course, this speaks something else too: the regrettable infrequency of women’s Tests. Mostly, though, it's another moment that reinforces the utter hold the all-rounder has over England.

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Read about Ellyse Perry 's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. Find Perry 's Records, Biography, Centuries, Runs Ellyse Perry became the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she debuted in the second ODI of the Rose Bowl series against

Ellyse Perry engineered a stunning victory as Australia kept the women's Ashes series against England alive.

A faultless 116 added to the chance-less 213 not out she made in this corresponding Women’s Ashes fixture in November 2017. Oh, and she took 7/22 last week.

Rain scuppered any chance of Australia building on their tally of 5/341 - advanced by 76 from their overnight score - losing Perry on 116 and Rachael Haynes on 87 in the first session of the second day when, at lunch, the first of many storms hit Taunton.

It provided pause in this match to once again appreciate the 28-year-old Perry. After completing her devastating bag of wickets at Canterbury in the third one-dayer, she said matter-of-factly she didn't know how much longer she would play for.

It was far from a sign of imminent retirement, more Perry emphasising her gratitude for every opportunity to turn out in the professional era, having started well before that transition. But considering how long it is between chances to dust off her baggy green – once every two years at the current rate – there won’t be many more opportunities for Perry to dominate an attack the way she did to England’s in her 281-ball stay, lasting just 14 minutes short of six hours, or a full day, in the middle.

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Ellyse Perry makes defining contribution of Women's Ashes opening day Perry was unbeaten on 84 from 205 balls as Australia made their way to 3/265 by the close at Taunton. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au Progressing gradually through the final session with veteran Rachael Haynes, who will resume tomorrow on 54, the pair have so far put on a flawless 105-run partnership. With Meg Lanning’s side only requiring a draw to retain the trophy they won four years ago in this corresponding series, they are in an all-but-impregnable position with the four-day fixture likely to be affected by rain on Friday.

Ellyse Perry celebrates taking the wicket of Laura Marsh on the final day of the women's Ashes Test On the final day they folded against the irresistible Ellyse Perry as Australia won their first Test in England needed 263 for victory . They opted to focus more on survival rather than the chase.

Ellyse Perry scored 84 not out and had a century partnership with Rachael Haynes as England toiled for 100 overs against Australia on the first day of the Ashes Test.

Ellyse Perry faultless as Australia inches closer to Ashes victory© PA Rachael Haynes had a spectacular run with Perry.

There is little doubt she will want to achieve redemption for the 2017 World Cup defeat in 2021 and it stands to reason that Commonwealth Games gold would be appealing too in 2022. But then?

“Thank you for drawing my attention to that,” she laughed when it was put to her by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age after play that she will be 32 the next time a Women’s Ashes Test is likely in this country in 2023.

“I am just going with the flow at the moment and even next year I don’t really know. But it has been a wonderful ride so far and I’ve really enjoyed it so if I get back here to play another Test, then great. But if I don’t, the experiences have been awesome.”

It's ridiculous that this is even a talking point given Perry is in her prime. There are no complaints either – she’s too classy for that, pointing to the considerable opportunities that have been on offer for Australian women since turning professional, principally through the shortest form of the game. But equally, now the multi-format system is tried and true, Perry would like to see it used more broadly with other nations.

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Ellyse Perry 's unbeaten 84 put Australia in a comfortable position, reaching 265 runs for the loss of three wickets at stumps on Day One of the one-off Test against England in the Women's Ashes here at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Thursday. The only Test witnessed five debutants -- Tayla

Women's Ashes 2017: Australia 's Ellyse Perry holds England up as Sophie Ecclestone stars on debut.

“I just really enjoy the challenge,” she said of why long-form cricket agrees with her. “It’s a bit of a novelty too that we don’t play a lot of them so you really want to make the most of it, having that time to just get into your innings and absorb pressure at times then capitalise on periods that flow your way.”

This hundred makes Perry the second Australian behind Betty Wilson in 1958 to sting two in a row, now also boasting a batting average of 68.5 – the second-best in the history.

As is the custom when asked to talk about her feats, she declines the opportunity. As Megan Schutt explained last week, her new-ball partner is far more comfortable basking in team glory rather than being the centre of attention, having for too long been the face of women’s sport in Australia as a high-achiever in both cricket and football.

Perry inched to three figures, an overthrow allowing her to race through and raise the bat. Moving from 84 overnight alongside Haynes, with whom she added 162 for the fourth wicket, their stand was finally was broken when Perry gave her first chance, hitting a full toss off veteran spinner Laura Marsh (2/58) to Heather Knight to leave Australia 4/322. Her parents Kathy and Mark were there to celebrate the feat, as they were at North Sydney.

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Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry 's unique achievements in cricket and football make for truly remarkable reading. And on Sunday she scored an unbeaten 213 in her seventh Ashes series - the highest Test score by an Australian woman - that could set up a series victory .

Ellyse Perry 's unbeaten 70 helped Australia battle back: Getty. Eighteen-year-old Sophie Ecclestone marked her Test debut with two wickets, but a patient half-century from Ellyse Perry helped Australia women close in on England's first-innings total on day two at the North Sydney Oval.

By the time Perry departed, Australia’s job was very much done. No side in the history of women’s Tests has won after conceding in excess of 302 in the first innings.

In all probability, Beth Mooney (7) and Jess Jonassen (4) will be given the chance to put the foot down on day three to ensure they only have to bat once. Even though a draw is sufficient to guarantee the retention of the trophy for Meg Lanning’s side, Perry is having none of that.

“We would love to win it,” she said. "I can only think of a handful of times in my career when we have actually won Test matches and there is probably nothing more satisfying than that.”

The lesson from today is that the peerless Perry has to be appreciated, especially in Test cricket. But whenever that time comes, her legacy is already assured thanks to performances like this. Make no mistake, Ellyse Perry is the most important women’s cricketer Australia has ever produced.

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Australia have piled the pain on England by winning their second Twenty20 international to remain unbeaten in the women's Ashes series after six matches.

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