Rapid reaction: The Southern Stars finish off the series with a big win! Another fifty for Perry and a brilliant all-round performance from Jess Jonassen secures a 4-0 series win.
The score: Australia 9-260 off 50 overs (Perry 56, Daniels 3-53) defeated South Africa 217 off 48.3 overs (Lee 44, Perry 3-52, Harris 2-31) by 43 runs in the fifth ODI at Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour.
The hero: Take a bow, Jess Jonassen. The allrounder starred with bat, ball and in the field in a match-changing display. Her outstanding form with the ball continued, the left-arm spinner putting plenty of pressure on the Proteas as she took 1-25 from her 10 overs. But it was her efforts in the field - a brilliant direct-hit run-out and a magnificent catch - that twice turned the momentum firmly back in Australia's favour. Big-hitting Proteas opener Lizelle Lee was handed two lives, dropped on 12 and 35, and was looking seriously threatening on 44 when Jonassen found the breakthrough the Southern Stars sorely needed, a direct hit catching Lee short of her crease. Then, when Dinesha Devnarain and Mignon du Preez had steadied South Africa's chase and put on 46 for the fourth wicket, Jonassen's outstanding one-handed leaping grab again gave Australia the wicket they needed, Devnarain out for 26. Earlier, Jonassen played an aggressive hand with the bat, scoring a run-a-ball 39 and scoring the sole six of Australia's innings, as she shared a 78-run fifth-wicket stand with Ellyse Perry. Fittingly, Jonassen was again in the action to seal victory – this time catching the ball between her legs!
The support act: Like clockwork, Ellyse Perry added yet another half-century to her tally. Perry's consistency with the bat has been incredible; the allrounder has now clocked up 17 half-centuries from her past 23 innings over a two-year period. Perry made a typically cautious start to her innings, but after reaching 20 off 30 deliveries she stepped on the gas, piling on another five boundaries as she reached yet another half-century off just 45 balls. It was her fourth half-century from four innings this series and her fifth in a row following the 77no she scored in the final ODI in Sri Lanka in September. With the ball, Perry copped some punishment early – her first two overs going for 20 runs – but she fought back well to finish with 3-52.
The consolation effort: South Africa weren't afraid to take it to the world No.1 Australians throughout the series and no one was a better example of that than wicketkeeper and opening batter Lizelle Lee. At just 24 years of age, Lee took on the Southern Stars attack in each match and while it didn't always come off, her aggressive innings' of 38 (29), 102 (89) and 44 (43) shows she can mix it with the world's best.
The stat: Since moving into the top five in Australia's batting order during the 2013 Women's Ashes, Perry has played 24 innings, scoring 1388 runs and averaging a remarkable 92.53.
The battle: The fifth ODI saw another entertaining battle between Proteas quick Marizanne Kapp and Australia skipper Meg Lanning. Kapp had bowled the world's No.1 batter for 18 and 3 in the first and fourth matches of the series and was again difficult to handle in the fifth ODI, but this time Lanning got the better of the right-armer, who finished her unbroken 10-over spell with 0-35.
The injury: South Africa were dealt a major blow before the match even started with skipper Dane van Niekerk ruled out with a hamstring injury. Van Niekerk picked up the injury during her player-of-the-match performance in Sunday's thrilling tie at the same venue when she almost led her team to a maiden ODI win over the hosts with a knock of 81 and a three-wicket haul.
The wash-up: Australia walk away with a 4-0 series victory. The Southern Stars players will now switch their attention to the 20-over game, as they meet up with their Rebel Women's Big Bash League clubs to prepare for the season start on December 10. Australia will next be in action in the Women's T20 International series against New Zealand in mid-February, ahead of a return trip across the Tasman to play a series of 50-over matches. South Africa will head to Sri Lanka for the World Cup Qualifiers early next year, as they bid to join Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies at the main event in the United Kingdom next June.
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