Women's Ashes Test
Double delight for record-breaking Perry
Star Australia allrounder hammers an unbeaten 213 to put hosts in a powerful position at North Sydney Oval
Sam Ferris at North Sydney Oval
11 November 2017, 08:38 PM AEST
The inaugural day-night Ashes Test will forever be linked with Ellyse Perry after the superstar allrounder scored the highest individual score by an Australian in Women’s Tests.
Perry’s incredible 213 not out broke the record of legend Karen Rolton, who made 209 not out against England at Leeds in 2001.
The 26-year-old brought up the record in style, launching a six over cow corner off teenage left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone to the roar of the buzzing North Sydney Oval crowd.
In amongst the emotion was a moment of confusion.
On 194 with only one wicket in hand, Perry launched off-spinner Laura Marsh to the wide mid-wicket rope and immediately celebrated her 200.
However, fans on the boundary indicated it was a four, with replays later confirming the ball bounced before crossing the rope and the false alarm had been rung.
The next over Perry made sure she reached 200 with a powerful drive off Ecclestone straight back down the ground.
It was already a momentous day for Perry, who ticked off the 30 runs she needed in the afternoon session to reach her maiden international century.
And most importantly, her first hundred in Australian colours came when her country needed it the most.
Entering at No.4 with Australia in the middle of a collapse of 3-13, Perry stood tall and started the rebuild from the ground up.
She first combined with Elyse Villani for 16 overs and 34 runs, but when the Western Australian fell for 14, the hosts were again wobbling at 4-95.
This is the moment Ellyse Perry brought up the highest Test score by a @SouthernStars player EVER! https://t.co/QA9DruPSVr #WomensAshes pic.twitter.com/GKqUS9T14x— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 11, 2017
That’s when Perry and Rachael Haynes came together and slowly but surely started to turn the match back to parity.
Perry was watchful throughout her innings and in concert with her skipper banished the bad ball to the boundary after the sun had set and the floodlights had taken completely over.
The pair added 73 crucial runs in 27 overs before Haynes was undone by Katherine Brunt and the second new ball late on day two.
Having survived the new-ball Friday night onslaught, Perry started day three on 70 and promptly put England debutante and left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone.
Two handsome drives found the rope before she settled back down, blocked the straight ones and attacked the deliveries that deserved to be punished.
On three previous occasions in one-day internationals she had been stranded in the 90s, either running out of balls remaining or runs to chase.
But in the historic day-night Test she had all the time in the world and patiently navigated her way through the nerve-wracking final 10 runs.
Her hundredth run came via a swivel pull shot off Laura Marsh to fine leg, and as the ball crossed the rope, Perry removed her helmet, lofted her arms and saluted the roaring standing ovation.
What made the moment even memorable was how she got to share it with her best friend Alyssa Healy, the non-striker and aggressive stroke-maker.
Her "incredibly proud" father, Mark Perry, said the myriad hours of training the pair have spent together paid off on the biggest stage.
"I knew she had the patience," Mr Perry said.
"It’s a Test match, and the way she’s been taught is for this sort of cricket.
"I wasn’t surprised with her patience, she just loves being out there."
Mr Perry said the message to Ellyse overnight was to play like she did on Friday.
"(Keep) doing all the basic things, all the things we talk about with the technique; early takeaway, completing the back swing, getting forward, getting back, using your footwork," he said.
"The basic things, you don’t want to cloud her head with too many things, just keeping it simple and making good decisions.
"They (England’s bowlers) asked plenty of questions and you’ve got to make pretty good decisions to be successful.
"She did that yesterday and I was very proud of the way she played, the way that she batted, it was excellent."
Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes
Australia lead England 4-2
Australia squad (ODI and Test): Rachael Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell (VC), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa (Test only), Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
England squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.
First ODI Australia won by two wickets
Second ODI Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)
Third ODI England won by 20 runs (DLS method)
Day-Night Test North Sydney Oval, November 9-12
First T20 North Sydney Oval, November 17
North Sydney Charity Partner: McGrath Foundation
Second T20 Manuka Oval, November 19
Third T20 Manuka Oval, November 21
Canberra Charity Partner: Lord's Taverners ACT