CommBank T20 Series v NZ

Unused Perry content with winning ways

Australia's superstar allrounder happy to wait her turn for a bat if it means top order continues to fire


06 October 2018, 12:58 PM

Champion allrounder Ellyse Perry is happy to get pad rash if it means Australia's in- form T20 batters are keeping her from the crease.

With Australia sweeping the three-match series against New Zealand by two margins of six wickets and another of nine, top-ranked women's ODI batter Perry never had a hit.

But the fast bowler certainly contributed with the ball, claiming a series-high six wickets and dismissing world No.2 ranked T20 batter Suzie Bates in all three games.

The modest allrounder downplayed her bowling efforts and wasn't fussed she didn't have to wield the willow through the series

"It's been great to sit on the sidelines and get some pad rash because it means that the girls are playing really great cricket," Perry told AAP.

"Obviously there's an opportunity to contribute with the ball still and I'm doing that to some degree.

"But I just think we're in a really good spot as a whole and everyone is doing what they need to."

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Just over a month out from the women's World T20 tournament, Perry believes 2016 runners up Australia are tracking well.

However, she felt they needed to lift their fielding after dropping more chances in game three.

She also wants to see how Australia fares batting first after chasing in all three matches against the White Ferns.

"There's things that we can build on and improve," Perry said. "I think our fielding has been a little bit sloppy at times .

"We haven't batted first in a game yet, so that's going to be a good challenge when we do that.

"We've got a good (batting) blueprint and everyone knows their roles but I think it will be interesting when we have to do it first up."

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Perry praised the maturity of 20-year-old spinning allrounder Sophie Molineux, who returned career-best T20 international figures of 3-11 from her four overs.

Molineux conceded a series low of just 5.08 runs an over.

"Sophie is an incredibly classy player for such a young player as well and really understands the game well," Perry said.

"I think the way that she's bowled across the series has been really crucial for us.

"She's bowled some really important overs and has opened (the bowling) at various times as well, so its been super cool to see."

The Australian World T20 squad will be named on Tuesday. 

What's next for the Australians: They are off to Malaysia for three-match series in both ODI and T20 cricket before heading to the Caribbean for the ICC Women's World T20. 

CommBank T20 INTLs v NZ 

September 29: Australia win by six wickets

October 1: Australia win by six wickets

October 5: Third T20I, Manuka Oval, Canberra

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

New Zealand squad: Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin

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