The Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry who was adjudged with multiple ICC awards for the decade last year – Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade, ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade, and ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the decade, has been in good form this year in 2021 as well.
Becoming the most capped Australian in international cricket in October, Perry was a part of all the 13 matches the team played this year – 1 Test, 6 ODIs, and the same number of T20Is. In the only test, which was the pink ball match against India, she scored the highest runs for Aussies (69) considering both the innings. Getting a chance to bat in 5 ODI innings, she scored 113 runs at 28.25 with the highest score of 56 not out.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) August 9, 2021
Perry did struggle in T20I scoring just 35 runs in 4 innings at 17.50 but she improved her performance in the Women’s Big Bash League, finishing as the leading run-scorer for Sydney Sixers, 11th in the overall run-scorer tally with 358 runs, and also recorded a spell of 2/9 with the bowl taking a total of 5 wickets in the season.
Coming from an injury-hit year, Perry also went on to become the first woman to score 5,000 runs and take 300 wickets in international cricket. A milestone she achieved during the historic pink ball test against India.
First Australian Player (male or female) to achieve a career milestone of 5000 International Runs and 300 International Wickets.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 2, 2021
This isn’t all, in the first couple of matches of the Women’s National Cricket League for Victorian women, Perry led the side in the absence of her Australian captain Meg Lanning and went on to score 120 off just 94 balls smashing 10 4s and 4 6s in the second match against the most successful WNCL team, New South Wales though wasn’t able to take her team to the winning side in both the matches.
Since her debut in 2007, Ellyse Perry has been performing consistently well for the most successful team of women’s cricket. Her current form will give a major boost to the Australian lineup as we head towards some big tournaments lined up for the coming year including the Ashes, ICC Women’s World Cup, and the Commonwealth Games.
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