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Ellyse and the Southern Stars secure Women's Ashes win in multi-format series

Ellyse Perry makes history during dominant Ashes win.

Ellyse Perry and the Southern Stars have concluded an incredible tour. Once again, the Australian women's cricket team retained the Women's Ashes with a scoreline of 12 points from a possible 14 in the series.

The team won all three one-day internationals, the first two Twenty 20 internationals and drew the final Test at Taunton. 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.

During the series, Perry became the first cricketer — male or female — to reach the 1000-run and 100-wicket milestone in Twenty 20 International.

Within the seven matches she also claimed four player-of-the-match awards, finishing the leading wicket-taker of the series with 15 scalps at 12.86 and the leading run-scorer with 378 at 94.50, including a century and three fifties.

For a seven-game series across all formats, it’s a remarkable effort from a remarkable athlete.

Even in the only game Australia lost – Perry still excelled with a career-best T20I knock of 60no.

The superstar allrounder was – to the shock of precisely no one – named player of the series following the final T20I of the multi-format series in Bristol.

Of the accolades, Ellyse Perry said –

"It's really nice to be recognised but it’s 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.
"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."

Perry will be reluctant, but the deserved, spotlight of attention during the T20 World Cup on home soil in February next year when her status as one of Australia's greatest ever sports figures should be consolidated.


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