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Ellyse Perry named ICC Cricketer of the Year

Ellyse Perry receives the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for a second time as Australians dominate the annual ICC Women's Awards

Ellyse Perry has capped a stellar year of international cricket, winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award as the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year while also named the ODI Cricketer of the Year.

It is the second time in three years superstar allrounder Perry has been crowned the ICC's top female player, after winning the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award in 2017.

Perry took out the award for a dominant year in Tests and One-Day Internationals that included being named player of the series when Australia defended the Ashes on English soil in July.

It is the first time Perry has claimed the ODI award, having taken her one-day game to new heights this year.

She scored her first ODI century against New Zealand in Adelaide in February, following up with a second against West Indies in Antigua in September, while she claimed the best-ever ODI figures by an Australian when she took 7-22 against England in Canterbury in July.

Overall in ODIs in 2019, Perry hit 441 runs at 73.5, and collected 21 wickets at 13.52.

In the Test arena, Perry again proved her red-ball credentials, scoring 116 and 76no in the one-off Women's Ashes Test in Taunton.

Perry and teammate, Alyssa Healy both feature in the ICC's ODI Team of the Year, alongside team captain Meg Lanning, pace bowler Megan Schutt and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen.

Perry, Healy, Schutt and Lanning were all also named in the 2019 T20I Team of the Year.

In nine T20Is, Perry hit 150 runs, including a top score of 60, and collected six wickets at 22.33.

Australia enjoyed a golden run in 2019, winning 12 ODIs, eight of nine T20Is and drawing the sole Test.

They will hope to continue that success in 2020, with a T20 World Cup on home soil next February and March.


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