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'We're pretty close, my bat and I' – Ellyse Perry revels in another masterclass

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Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry continued her golden run with the bat, scoring a fluent century in the second ODI against West Indies on Sunday, 8 September, to help her side clinch the three-match series.

Perry's current form, much like that of Steve Smith, has made the cricketing fraternity run out of superlatives. The two Australian cricketers have been peerless performers in recent times, helping their respective sides retain the Ashes in England. A striking similarity between the two, the endless love for batting, seems to be the driving force behind their consistency.

"I just sleep with it next to me, and it's a really good spooning partner at night, we're pretty close, my bat and I," Perry joked after her 112* powered Australia to a 151-run win. "Every now and then, I need to do some running repairs, and I've been trying to find something to make my bat a little bit lighter, which I haven't been able to do. So I take it home and never do anything with it in the end."

Australia followed up their Ashes triumph with well-rounded performances in the first two ODIs against West Indies. For Perry, the top ranked all-rounder in MRF Tyres ICC Women's Rankings in both ODIs and T20Is, contributions from her team-mates in the win, after skipper Meg Lanning had been ruled out of the game due to back spasms, was more satisfying.

"It's nice, it was cool to contribute today," she said. "It was a real shame with Meg going down before the game, but that gave other people an opportunity and everyone stood up.

"I enjoyed my time in the middle today, but I think there were some great contributions [all round]."

Perry walked in to bat at the fall of first wicket, in the 10th over, and carried her bat in hot and humid conditions, hitting nine fours during her 118-ball stay. She then backed it up with the ball, giving away just three runs in five overs, while snaring the wicket of opener Stacy-Ann king.

"It was fine, at the start I was a bit mentally AWOL," the all-rounder said. "I was a bit lucky, to be fair, getting dropped early, but that seemed to wake me up a bit."

Erin Burns was handed her maiden ODI cap by Perry
Erin Burns was handed her maiden ODI cap by Perry

Perry also had the pleasure of handing over a debut ODI cap to all-rounder Erin Burns, who replaced Lanning in the XI. Perry heaped praise on her Sydney Sixers team-mate.

"It was the most nervous I've been in a long time," she said of the cap presentation. "It got thrown on me at the last minute, but it was really special because I've got a huge amount of respect for Erin and everything she's done. I think she embodies a lot of what our team is all about."

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