Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry became the first woman in international cricket to score 5000 runs and 300 wickets during the historic pink-ball Test match against India.
She achieved the coveted milestone when she dismissed Pooja Vastrakar in the first innings of the Test match which is ongoing at the moment at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. Much of the Test match so far has been wiped out due to poor weather but Perry didn’t let it affect her rare feat.
She would have completed 300 wickets earlier if not for a couple of drops by Beth Mooney in the slip cordon. Perry has scored 624 runs in eight Test matches, 3107 runs in 115 ODIs, and 1243 runs in 123 T20Is. Her batting average in Tests stands at a ridiculous 78 while she has 51.78 in ODIs.
Perry had picked up 31 wickets in Tests, 152 in ODIs, and 115 in T20s coming into the pink-ball Test. The couple of wickets she picked in India’s first innings took the tally to 300 wickets. She gave a lot of credit to the technical changes she made in her game.
I have a really strong interest in the technical side of the game – Ellyse Perry
After the end of the first day’s play, Perry explained how certain aspects of her game were changed to improve the balance. She believes there is a lot more to work on but the process so far has been enjoyable.
“I have a really strong interest in the technical side of the game and always have, but once you’re out in the middle, the competition and the contest always comes into it, and that takes your mind away from the technical stuff.“
“But at the same time I think (technical knowledge) can be really handy; if you’re doing something over and over again in a game that’s not quite right if you’ve got a good understanding you can draw on that and hopefully make a change on the run,” she said.
The first two days of the Test match between India and Australia were curtailed by the rain. On the third day, India declared at 377/8 with Smriti Mandhana having top-scored with her maiden Test century. Ellyse Perry had figures of 2/76 in 27 overs while Stella Campbell and Sophie Molineux also chipped in with two wickets each.