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SOUTHERN STARS V SOUTH AFRICA

Averaging 92, but Perry's not satisfied

30 November 2016

Allrounder still seeking improvement despite continuing incredible batting streak in ODI cricket

Ellyse Perry is averaging 92.53 since moving into the top five in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' batting line-up, but the allrounder insists she still has plenty of room to improve.

Perry was named player of the five-match one-day international series against South Africa, despite missing the fourth match due to injury, after scoring 313 runs at 156.50 and taking seven wickets at 22.57.

The 26-year-old has scored 17 half-centuries in her past 24 innings, while her knock of 56 in Australia's 43-run victory in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday was her fifth in a row and capped off a series that also saw her score 93no, 95no and 69.

Perry was elevated to No.5 during Australia's Ashes campaign in England in 2013 and has since made the No.4 position her own, scoring 1388 runs in 24 innings at second drop at an average of 92.53.

"I suppose I've chipped away at (my batting) the last little bit," Perry said after the match on Tuesday.

Quick wrap: Jonassen, Perry secure 4-0 victory

"A large part of that has got to do with the wonderful help I've had from a number of coaches and just the opportunity in the middle and to learn a bit more about my game and the way it works for me.

"Mixed in is a bit of luck, every cricketer needs luck at different points in time."

Perry might be thankful for a bit of luck, but there's also no denying the work the allrounder has put into her batting game, spending countless hours in the nets honing her technique.

Quick Single: Perry, Jonassen secure 4-0 series win

She's now the world's No.2 ranked ODI batter and only world No.1 Meg Lanning scored more runs than her during the ICC Women's Championship, but Perry is adamant she can get even better.

"There's plenty (to work on)," she said.

"I think the big one is being a bit quicker in my innings and scoring off a few more balls and upping the rate through middle part of the innings when I'm out there.

"That's a good challenge for me, especially against world-class bowling.

"I thought South Africa bowed really well this series and it’s highlighted a few things for me to go away and work on."

Jonassen's stunner boosts Southern Stars

Tuesday's win sealed a 4-nil series victory for Australia, after the fourth match of the series ended in a thrilling tie on Sunday.

Perry said the Southern Stars had tried to adopt a more aggressive approach with both bat and ball, but improvements were still left to be made.

"It was a nice way to finish and we probably improved a bit from two days ago," she said.

"A big thing we spoke about after the last game was trying to the keep momentum and tempo throughout the innings.

"On Sunday we were a bit flat in the middle period and they bowled really well, to their credit, but we wanted to up that tempo and we managed to do that.

"I think our spinners were outstanding again and pegged it back after South Africa got a good start again.

"We had some really good fielding and some ordinary fielding. Those moments are crucial and we have to make sure we take more of those opportunities than we miss.

"All in all we did pretty well and better than other night."

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Laura Jolly is a writer for cricket.com.au. She previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 

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