While the men’s side flails around like a wind chime in a hurricane, the Australian women’s cricket team is hard at work breaking all kinds of records. And for Ellyse Perry, the multi-sport superstar managed to notch up a mark previously unseen in women’s cricket over the weekend.
Test Matches in women’s cricket are rare enough as is; this week’s Ashes test match between Australia and England was the first women’s international test match between any nation in over two years.
But Perry’s dig in Australia’s first innings means this game’s gonna be remembered for a hell of a long time.
Perry clobbered her way to an unbeaten 213, the highest individual score by an Australian woman in test match cricket.
Ellyse’s historic double ton is just the seventh score of 200+ ever seen in women’s test match cricket, and is the third-highest individual score of all time.
At 213*, Perry eclipses the previous Australian test match record of 209* set by Karen Rolten back in 2001.
Beyond that, Perry also knocked up handy figures of 3/59 while bowling in England’s first innings, and ably held down her end again in the 2nd dig as the tourists grimly held on to force a draw on a patchy North Sydney Oval surface.
Make no mistake about it, this is an un-bloody-believable performance from inarguably one of the greatest all-round athletes Australia’s produced in quite some time – possibly ever.
With three international T20 fixtures remaining in the series, the English women are grimly holding on to their fading chances of regaining the Ashes, it’ll be superhuman efforts like Perry’s that’ll go a long way towards securing the series for the Aussies.
Meanwhile, with a mere 10 days to go before their Ashes series starts, the Australian men’s side is in a state of utter shambles.
Raise yr bat, Ellyse. You’ve bloody earned it.