With her 378 runs and 15 wickets in the Women's Ashes, Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry topped the batting and bowling charts in the multi-format series that concluded on Wednesday, 31 July.
Her numbers for the series include a hundred in the one-off Test as well as 7/22 in the third one-day internationals. Her feats took her to No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI Rankings for all-rounders in the latest update.
In this decade, Perry has scored 573 Test runs at 114.6 and claimed 26 wickets at 16.73. Charlotte Edwards, the former England captain and at her retirement the highest run-scorer in women's ODIs, is convinced we're seeing a legend, who will go on to be the greatest women's cricketer ever.
⭐️ What an #Ashes series @EllysePerry had! ⭐️— ICC (@ICC) August 1, 2019
She topped the run-getters' charts, scoring 378 runs at 94.50, and also took the most number of wickets – 15 – averaging just 12.86 with the ball.
“I loved playing against her and she’s definitely improved a lot since I stopped playing,” Edwards said. “You knew then she’d become an unbelievable batter. She was mainly a bowler in my career, and now we see what an unbelievable all-rounder she is, and the greatest female player we’re ever going to see.
“In one skill alone, in terms of bowling or batting, she’d be a great. And she’s getting better and better with age. She’s only 28, it’s quite scary, really, to think what she can achieve in the next few years.”
She wants to win, and it’s something you can’t coach
While Australia drew the only Test, Perry displayed her 'go-getter' attitude, both before and during the game. She spoke about Australia's "culture and style to play aggressive cricket" in the lead-up to the four-day Test, and walked the talk with a splendid century and two wickets.
Edwards said this attitude sets her apart. "One thing all the great players share is that competitiveness, the desire to want to be better," she said. "That just strikes me every single time I watch her warm up and she treats the last game of the series like the first game of the series.
"She wants to win, and it’s something, sometimes you can’t coach. That’s something very special about her. She’s so competitive and hates getting out and that’s a good thing. She values her wicket, but, equally, she knows her game very well."