Women's World T20 2018
Veteran Perry getting better with age
The Australian bowler added to her impressive resume at the World Twenty20 in the Carribeean
25 November 2018, 05:21 PM AEST
Ellyse Perry reckons it's just a sign of her age but by the time she's finished in cricket the women's record books will be almost entirely hers.
Perry notched another feat on the way to her fourth World Twenty20 title on Sunday (AEDT) against England, becoming just the second player - male or female - to pick up 100 international wickets after the West Indies' Anisa Mohammed.
It comes just a week after Perry became the first Australian to pass 100 international T20s, while she became just the second Australian woman to play 200 internationals across all formats earlier this summer.
We have a feeling these faces are going to stay smiling for a while to come! 😁😁😁#WT20 #WATCHME pic.twitter.com/acBx2ED6GI— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@SouthernStars) November 25, 2018
She is also ranked fifth on the all-time running score lists for Australian women in T20s and seventh in ODIs.
Perry finished the World T20 with nine wickets at 9.88, having claimed 2-2 against the West Indies in the semi-final before she picked up her 100th scalp with an inswinging lbw to get rid of in-form Natalie Sciver.
"I just wanted to win tonight with the team. It's nice to pick up a wicket along the way," Perry told AAP.
"In the scheme of things it just shows how long I've been around and how much older I'm getting really.
"There are a lot of major games in that time. The fact we've played five World Cup finals and won four of them is a huge career highlight, it's been really nice to be around that long."
For a long time one of the sport's biggest names, she has worked closely with Sydney Sixers coach and new Australian assistant Ben Sawyer to add to her arsenal with the ball.
It was with a newly-acquired change-up she produced one of the balls of the tournament in the semi-final, an offcutter that skittled the stumps of Deandra Dottin - the gun opener who took Australia down in the 2016 World T20 final.
"She's not known for her slower ball but I know it's something she has been working on," Alex Blackwell, Australia's most-capped T20 player, said.
"She's been bowling these cutters on pitches in the West Indies that are gripping a little bit. They're almost coming out as little offspinners and they've been really effective."
2018 ICC Women's World T20
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
November 9: Australia beat Pakistan by 52 runs
November 11: Australia beat Ireland by nine wickets
November 13: Australia beat New Zealand by 33 runs
November 17: Australia lost to India by 48 runs
November 22: Semi-final: Australia beat West Indies by 71 runs
November 24: Final: Australia beat England by eight wickets