Ellyse Perry Just Wrecked England In The Most Satisfying Way
If you're going to beat England, don't just beat them. Humiliate them.
That's pretty much precisely what the Aussie women did in their Ashes match at Canterbury overnight, thanks largely to the world's best all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who took career-best bowling figures of 7/22 to demolish the England batting lineup.
In fact, they were the best ever figures by an Aussie woman in One Day International cricket (the previous best was the 7-24 by current assistant coach Shelley Nitschke in 2005).
Unlike the men's Ashes, which is Test matches only, the Women's Ashes series is a combo of One Dayers, Tests and T20s -- with four points for a Test win and two points for a win in the shorter formats.
Australia has now won all three One Dayers. Victory overnight was set up by our healthy total of 7/269 as we batted first.
Usual suspects Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy top-scored for the tourists with 69 and 68 respectively, while Perry could only manage seven runs.
Because Ellyse Perry is Ellyse Perry, she then went and gave herself a good talking to and came out and took a wicket for each one of the runs she had scored. She struck once in the first over of the innings, then twice in her second, to have England reeling at 3/5.
The Poms sunk to 6/21 at one stage and never recovered, being bowled out for 75 -- their lowest ever total against Australia.
Megan Schutt also chipped in with two wickets and a bit of her trademark dry humour.
The Australian men's team plays England in a cut-throat World Cup semi-final on Thursday. It's a shame they can't pick Perry.