Just when you thought Ellyse Perry couldn’t get any better, she manages to surprise the world yet again. After her record-breaking performance in the ODI leg of the women’s Ashes 2019, Ellyse Perry has registered her name in the record books once again – this time in the T20I format.
In the second T20I between England Women and Australia Women, Perry struck an unbeaten 47 from 39 balls that helped her team win. However, during that knock, Perry crossed 1000 T20I runs and thus became the first cricketer, male or female, to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in T20Is. The only other person who came close to this record was Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi who ended up with 1416 runs and 98 wickets.
Perry, as of now, has 1005 runs and 103 wickets in 104 T20Is.
The Australian all-rounder didn’t even realize that she had achieved this milestone and tried to underplay it on being told about it. “I guess it’s lovely, but I wasn’t aware of it,” Perry was quoted as saying at the post match interview. “I have played a pretty big volume of games now. When you’ve played 100 games you might get close to it. That’s probably the only reason I’m there – because I’ve played a lot of games.”
It was typical of Perry to downplay her record. But the fact is that she has been in sensational form – both with the ball and the bat – this season. She has been especially great on this Ashes tour. In the first ODI of the tour, Perry returned with match-winning figures of 3-43. This was followed by a sensational spell of 7-22 in the 3rd ODI – the best ODI bowling figures for an Australian woman – that completely destroyed England.
As if her efforts with the bat weren’t enough, Perry made her mark with the bat as well on the tour. In the second ODI, Perry made a gritty 62 that eventually helped in Australia’s win. Then, in the only Test at Taunton, Perry struck 116 and 76* in the two innings.
These performances aren’t exactly a surprise either. Perry has been one of the most consistent performers for the Australian women team across formats and has stamped her name as one of the best all-rounders of the world today. She averages 78 with the bat in Test cricket and has also picked up 31 wickets in the format in 8 Tests. Her average of 50.35 in 106 ODIs along with 145 wickets is nothing short of phenomenal. And neither is the fact that her 213* at Sydney against England is still the highest individual score by Australian women cricketer in Tests and the second-highest in women Tests ever.
Ellyse Perry is a beast. And she is still not done yet.
At just 28 years of age, Perry has a good 5-6 years of cricket left in her at least. And if she can continue with even half the form she has shown these past few years then she would have registered countless more records in her name.
Regardless of how she fares in the future, there is no denying that Ellyse Perry is already on her way to becoming one of the greatest women cricketers of all time. Her contributions, in fact, would continue to inspire generations of young women to take up the game.