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Perry’s record 7/22 decimates England for 3-0 ODI Sweep



Perry’s record 7/22 decimates England for 3-0 ODI Sweep


Ellyse Perry took a career-best 7/22 to run through the England batting in a dominant 194-run win in the third one-day international of the Women’s Ashes.

Perry more than made up for a rare failure with the bat in Australia’s competitive 269/7, reducing England to 21/6 on Sunday, a score from which there could be no easy recovery.

While Megan Schutt kept up the pressure at one end, Perry made canny use of the Canterbury slope to extract late swing. England, whose batting has struggled all series, had few answers to be bowled out for 75, conceding the ODI leg of the multi-format series 3-0 along with a 6-0 lead in points.

Ellyse Perry has declared Australia will continue their attacking approach as they look to extend their advantage in the women’s Ashes when the one-off Test begins on July 18.

After winning all three ODIs, each worth two points, Australia now hold a 6-0 advantage in the multi-format, points-based series.

As the current holders of the Ashes, a draw in the Test at Taunton will be enough to retain the trophy, while England must win that match and all three T20Is that follow, if they are to reclaim the trophy.

But for Perry, with a chance to play a format that rolls around just once every two years, there’s no chance Australia will be content to take the two points on offer for a draw.

“I don’t think so – it is in our culture and style to play aggressive cricket and we want to do that no matter what the situation,” Perry said after Australia wrapped up an emphatic 194-run win in the third ODI on Sunday.

Currently, only Australia and England play Test matches, with one included in each multi-format Ashes series.

And Perry, desperate to play more red-ball cricket, can see the bigger picture – and potential impact on the future of the format – the match in Taunton could have.

“These Test matches come around once every couple of years and I think it is a big responsibility for all players to play it in a really great spirit and in a way that is entertaining, because I’d love to play more of them,” she said.

“I think there is scope to play this kind of format series against some of the other top teams in the world.

“But to do that, we’ve got to do the Test match justice and I thought it was brilliant a couple of years ago at North Sydney and I think this time around it should be just as good.”

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