Aussies Continue Winning Streak At Women's Ashes
Ellyse Perry has pointed to the professional structure of Australian women's cricket as the reason for the enormous chasm between the sides in the women's Ashes, after she guided her side to another easy victory over England.
Sunday's victory puts Australia on 12 points from a possible 14 in the series, after winning all three one-day internationals and the first two Twenty 20 internationals and drawing the Test at Taunton.
With her chance-less 47 off 39 balls, Perry became the first cricketer to reach the 1000-run and 100-wicket milestone as she and skipper Meg Lanning put on an unbeaten 87-run, fourth-wicket stand to chase down England's total of 8-121.
Ever humble, Perry didn't dwell on her personal achievement, which she was not aware of approaching, instead pointing to the depth in women's cricket in Australia since the Women's Big Bash League was introduced in 2015.
"It speaks volumes for how much our team has developed over the last six months and...how important our professional set-up is back home," Perry said.
"Not just the 15 girls here, the other 13 on the 'A' tour and the domestic players back home who are literally training all year round now and that's been the case for a couple of years and I think it's starting to really show up and pay dividends."
Australia were in a little trouble at 3-35 when Perry came to the crease, but she and Lanning, who backed up her record-breaking knock in Chelmsford with a relatively steady 43 off 37 balls, took them home comfortably with 2.1 overs to spare.
The tourists were chasing an under-par target due to a combination of tight bowling and inept batting from England giving away wickets when set at the crease.
Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 43, a total helped by being dropped twice in the thirties by Beth Mooney, before she had her bails knocked off by Jess Jonassen (2-14) attempting a reverse sweep.
Heather Knight put on 38 with Beaumont but followed soon afterwards chipping back a ball to Georgia Wareham (2-22).
Beaumont took responsibility for her dismissal which ended the only spell of momentum England had with the bat.
"Probably the difference today is Lanning and Perry's massive partnership, whereas I got out at the worst time for the team, just as Heather was getting going," Beaumont said.
The final match of the series, a Twenty20 clash in Bristol, takes place on Wednesday.