Ellyse Perry has put Australia in a seemingly impregnable position in  the women's Ashes Test.
Ellyse Perry has put Australia in a seemingly impregnable position in the women's Ashes Test.

Perry continues to have fun at Poms expense

NO ONE disputes Ellyse Perry's dominance - except herself.

Perry, who helped herself to 116 at Taunton as Australia ended a rain-shortened day two of the Ashes Test match at 5-341, has taken her game to a new level.

To the point where, with her composure and patience, Perry could probably sort out the United States' complicated relationship with Iran.

While the 28-year-old would never personally acknowledge her status as arguably the world's best player, she will admit to finding some fun in a more laid-back approach.

Ellyse Perry is congratulated by Rachael Haynes after reaching three figures.
Ellyse Perry is congratulated by Rachael Haynes after reaching three figures.

"I've always enjoyed my cricket ... but I feel older and more experienced now," she said.

"I have a bit more of a laid-back approach ... I've always been meticulous ... and dare I say being older and wiser and know, I know what works.

"This is an amazing period for women cricket's and I am going to enjoy it for what it is."

Perry loves the multi-format series, and playing Tests, and would love to see the concept introduced against New Zealand or South Africa.

And why wouldn't you, given the Perry treats the red ball like a buffet.

Ellyse Perry continues to take her game to new levels.
Ellyse Perry continues to take her game to new levels.

Despite not a ball being bowled after lunch because of rain, Perry believes there is still enough time to bat England out the game and claim victory.

"We're still looking to win, we lost a fair bit of time but there's a good opportunity, and enough time if we bowl really well - there's turn out there and a place for seam."

Perry has tormented England this Ashes series and, even with three T20s to play, is favourite to win player of the series.

Greg Chappell, during a stint as a selector, was once asked what makes a Test all-rounder.

He replied someone who can hold their place in the side on one specialist skill so the second skill becomes a bonus.

Rachael Haynes falls for 87.
Rachael Haynes falls for 87.

In Perry, Australia has found a Test bowler and a Test batter.

Great all-rounders are hard to find - the men are still searching for the next Keith Miller.

But the women have found theirs in Ellyse Alexandra Perry.

News Corp Australia


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