She has been a legend of the game and to see her struggle with both bat and ball in the recent past was disappointing for her fans. Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry finally came back to form in style against England during the Women’s Ashes that concluded on Tuesday.
After being “dropped” from the playing XI for the T20Is, Perry was a part of Australia’s Test and ODI outfit against England. In the solitary Test that the two teams played, the 31-year old all-rounder scored 59 runs and picked up four wickets. After a decent performance in the red-ball format, she carried the confidence with her going into the three-match ODI series. She had a wonderful outing in the second ODI which Australia won by five wickets, thanks to her match-winning performance with both bat and ball. The right-handed batter mustered 40 runs batting at number four and with the new ball, the right-arm quick scalped 3-12 in her seven overs, including one maiden. In the ODI series, she registered 71 runs and accounted for four wickets.
Based on her performance in the ODIs, Perry moved to the number one position in the list of ICC Women’s All-Rounders’ Rankings. She had slipped to number two after the India series that was played in September-October last year in which she managed to score just 28 runs and went wicket-less in the three-match ODI series. Apart from making it to the top of the list in the ICC Women’s All-Rounders’ Ranking, Perry climbed up seven spots to break into the top 10 ICC Women’s Bowlers. She is currently slated at number nine.
Ellyse Perry is back to where she belongs – Right at the Top!
Her Ashes performances (ODI & Test) are:
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) February 8, 2022
Perry’s teammate Beth Mooney, who played the Test and ODI series after undergoing a jaw surgery, garnered a lot of respect from the cricketing fraternity for her grit and determination. The southpaw climbed up five steps to secure the number three position in the list of ICC Women’s Batters’ Rankings. She won the player of the match in the first ODI against England which was played during the Women’s Ashes which Australia won by 27 runs. The middle-order batter smashed 73 runs off 91 balls, helping her side go past the 200-run mark.
Apart from the Australia-England duel in the world of women’s cricket, the West Indies and South Africa locked horns against each other in a four-match ODI series, which South Africa won 2-1, after the first ODI was washed out.
South Africa’s opening batter Laura Wolvaardt broke into the top 10 in the list of ICC Women’s Batters’ Rankings, thanks to her match-winning century in the third ODI. The right-handed batter plundered 117 off 123 balls to register her third ODI century. She holds the number nine position in the list.
South African pace duo of Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka too moved up the ladder in the list of ICC Women’s Bowlers’ Rankings as Ismail grabbed the number five position, with her 4-44 in the fourth and final ODI of the series and Khaka taking up the number nine slot. Ismail and Khaka accounted for 10 wickets apiece in the ODI series and were the joint-highest wicket-takers in the tournament.
ICC Women’s ODI players rankings update🚨
– Ellyse Perry back as No.1 All-rounder going ahead of 🏴N Sciver
– Sophie Ecclestone goes at no.3 in Bowling rankings replacing 🇦🇺M Schutt
– Beth Mooney saves 3rd and 2nd positions in Batting rankings in ODIs and T20Is respectively
– Laura Wolvaardt Climbs from 13th to 9th in ODI batting rankings
– Tammy Beaumont and 🇿🇦L Lee drops one position each
– Ayabonga Khaka jumps one position and 🇦🇺E Perry jumps six positions in the bowling rankings
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