Women's Ashes T20s
Yet another accolade as Perry concludes incredible tour
With the Ashes now secure, Ellyse Perry's game-by-game series summary provides some extraordinary reading
Laura Jolly in Bristol
1 August 2019, 01:33 PM AEST
Australia were a dominant force that took almost all before them in this women’s Ashes series and every step of the way, Ellyse Perry was there imposing herself on proceedings.
The superstar allrounder was – to the shock of precisely no one – named player of the series following Wednesday’s final T20I of the multi-format series in Bristol.
She topped the run scorers, with 378 runs at 94.50, and was the series’ most prolific wicket-taker, with 15 scalps at 12.86.
For a seven-game series across all formats, it’s a remarkable effort from a remarkable athlete.
Even in the only game Australia lost – Wednesday’s dead rubber in Bristol – Perry still excelled with a career-best T20I knock of 60no.
"It's really nice to be recognised in that manner but even nicer to be taking the Ashes home with us - as far as I'm aware in our most dominant display since multi series format," Perry said on Wednesday.
"It's been a special tour for us. In the grand scheme of things we have been brilliant this series.
“We had a quick moment after the game to recognise that in the same vein - in the same way, you're only as good as your last game. It feels like we missed a trick tonight.
"But England are a very good side ... in some ways it's a nice reminder we have to keep working to make sure we're still dominant when it counts.
"We are keen to recognise what is a special series for us with contributions across the board and we're away from home, so there’s a lot of reasons to celebrate tonight."
First ODI, Leicester, July 2
England 177 (Natalie Sciver 64, Sophie Ecclestone 27; Perry 3-34) lost to Australia 8-178 (Alyssa Healy 66, Beth Mooney 25; Ecclestone 3-34) by two wickets in the first Ashes ODI at Leicester
In what turned out to be a low-scoring thriller, a stunning new-ball display from quicks Perry and Megan Schutt handed Australia a dream start to the opening ODI of the multi-format series, leaving England's top-order in disarray at 4-19 before Natalie Sciver's fighting 64 helped the hosts reach 177.
Alyssa Healy (66) then looked poised to guide the Australians to victory – despite key wickets falling cheaply at the other end – but her dismissal in the 26th over the opened the door for England.
A brilliant spell from 20-year-old left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (3-34) piled the pressure on Australia's lower order, before the calm head of experienced Queenslander Delissa Kimmince ultimately steered the tourists home in the 43rd over.
Australia lead 2-0
Second ODI, Leicester, July 4
England 217 (Tammy Beaumont 114, Danni Wyatt 25; Delissa Kimmince 5-26) lost to Australia 6-218 (Ellyse Perry 62, Beth Mooney 43no; Anya Shrubsole 3-47) by four wickets second Ashes ODI at Leicester
Perry top-scored with 62 as Australia reached their target of 218 with 28 balls to spare. Queensland pair Beth Mooney (43no) and Jess Jonassen (31no) saw the tourists home after a middle-order wobble.
Earlier, Kimmince's maiden international five-for restricted England, despite an outstanding 115 from opener Tammy Beaumont.
Australia lead 4-0
Third ODI, Canterbury, July 5
Australia 7-269 (Meg Lanning 69, Alyssa Healy 68; Natalie Sciver 3-51) defeated England 75 (Laura Marsh 21, Fran Wilson 17; Ellyse Perry 7-22) by 194 runs in the third Ashes ODI at Canterbury
If the first two games held nervy moments, there were none in the third as Perry took the best ever ODI bowling figures by an Australian woman to put her team on the cusp of retaining the women's Ashes in Canterbury.
After half-centuries to Healy and Meg Lanning took Australia to 7-269, Perry's remarkable spell of bowling reaped 7-22 from 10 overs as England were bowled out for 75 – their lowest-ever total against Australia –leaving the hosts' campaign in tatters.
Australia lead 6-0
Only Test, Taunton, July 18-21
Australia first innings: 8-240(dec) (Ellyse Perry 116, Rachael Haynes 87; Katherine Brunt 2-48)
England first innings: 9-275(dec) (Natalie Sciver 88, Amy Jones 64; Sophie Molineux 4-95)
Australia second innings: 7-230 (Perry 76no, Molineux 41) Match drawn
Perry showed she is built for the longest format of the game, due to her textbook technique and peerless concentration. She relished another chance in the whites, striking her second Test century, following up with an unbeaten 76 in the second as time lost to rain and a dogged effort from England’s tail saw the match end in a draw.
The match was also notable for Sophie Molineux’s flawless return to international cricket as the Baggy Green debutante made an impact with bat and ball, while Rachael Haynes was unlucky to miss out on her first Test ton.
Australia lead 8-2
First T20I, Chelmsford, July 26
Australia 3-226 (Meg Lanning 133no, Beth Mooney 54; Sophie Ecclestone 2-42) defeated England 9-133 (Lauren Winfield 33, Katherine Brunt 29no; Megan Schutt 3-25) by 93 runs in the first Ashes T20I at Chelmsford
England had never been beaten at their ‘Fortress Chelmsford’ but that changed as a record 133no by Lanning, the highest T20I score by a woman, set the hosts a record chase.
Australia got the job done with the ball to seal an outright series win. While Lanning took player of the match honours with her hundred, Perry nonetheless made a mark, removing England opener Danni Wyatt and No.3 Tammy Beaumont to finish with 2-11 from her three overs.
Australia lead 10-2
Second T20I, Hove, July 28
England 8-121 (Tammy Beaumont 43, Sophie Ecclestone 17no; Jess Jonassen 2-19) lost to Australia 3-122 (Ellyse Perry 47no, Meg Lanning 43no) in 17.5 overs by seven wickets in the second Ashes T20I at Hove
If Chelmsford was record-breaking, high-octane cricket, Hove was an exhibition of clinical cricket.
Restricting England superbly with the ball, Perry and Lanning’s unbeaten efforts saw Australia cruise after a wobbly start to the chase. For a fourth time in six matches, Perry was named player of the match after a brilliant unbeaten 47.
Australia lead 12-2
Third T20I, Chelmsford, July 31
England 5-139 (Lauren Winfield 26no, Katherine Brunt 25no; Tayla Vlaeminck 1-9) defeated Australia 8-122 (Ellyse Perry 60no, Alyssa Healy 28; Brunt 3-21) by 17 runs in the third and final Ashes T20I at Bristol
It wasn’t the finish Australia wanted, as England hit back to claim their first win in the final game of the series.
But Australia were determined it wouldn’t undermine a dominant series and Perry still made her mark, first with a brilliant throw from the deep to run out England captain Heather Knight, then scoring a career-high 60no with the bat.
Australia win 12-4
CommBank Ashes Tour of England
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
England T20 squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt
Australia defeated England 12-4
First ODI: Australia won by two wickets
Second ODI: Australia won by four wickets
Third ODI: Australia won by 194 runs
Only Test: Match Drawn
First T20: Australia won by 93 runs
Second T20: Australia won by seven wickets
July 31: England won by 17 runs