Ellyse Perry, the Australian all-rounder, owned the year 2019 with her jaw dropping consistency across formats.
After starring with the ball in Australia's triumph at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018, Perry excelled with on either front in 2019, and set a benchmark for all-rounders with her stunning performances throughout. The top-ranked all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's All-rounder Rankings in both ODIs and T20Is lived up to her reputation and played a crucial role in Australia's dominant run in the period.
Here are the performances that defined her glorious year.
1) 107 and 1/15 v New Zealand, 2nd WODI, Adelaide
Perry had bagged two wickets, but struggled with the bat, managing just 6 off 22 in Australia's narrow five-run win the first ODI in Perth. She rectified that in the second ODI at the Karen Rolton Oval, registering a flawless hundred to power Australia to 247/7 after they were put in to bat. Perry walked in at the fall of skipper Meg Lanning in the 12th over, and carried her bat through to finish with an unbeaten 107 that included eight fours and three sixes.
What a way to reach her first ODI hundred! But Ellyse Perry took it all in her stride as she reflected on the Aussies' success in Adelaide #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/vO28OMcj2d— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 24, 2019
She weaved her magic with the ball too, pricing out the key wicket of Suzie Bates in her third over to give New Zealand an early jolt. Australia won comfortably, by 95 runs and with it, took an unassailable lead in the three-match series.
2) 7/22 v England, 3rd Women's Ashes ODI, Canterbury
Of the many staggering performances Perry has delivered in her international career so far, her memorable spell in the third Ashes ODI at the St. Lawrence Ground was a class apart. The Sydney-born cricketer had already bagged four wickets from the first two games and had scored a fluent 62 in the second as Australia took a 2-0 lead. She could score only 7 in Australia's first innings effort of 269/7 in the third, but by the end of it, Perry had entered her name in the record books with a world-class spell.
🚨 RECORD 🚨— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2019
Ellyse Perry's figures today against England are the best for Australia in all ODI cricket – just ahead of Shelley Nitschke's 7/24 against England in 2005 👏 #WomensAshes pic.twitter.com/QXLp8O2fCF
Perry first removed three of England's top four to reduce the hosts to 5/3 in the third over and soon bagged two more, including that of skipper Heather Knight, to have them rattled at 21/6. The carnage meant that six of England's top seven registered single-digit scores, with three of them registering ducks. After a seven-over spell first up, Perry returned to grab two more in her second and finished with 7/22 in 10 overs: the best-ever ODI returns by an Australian female cricketer.
England were bundled out for 75 as Australia registered a mammoth 194 run-win to complete a 3-0 sweep.
3) 116 & 76*, 1/44, One-off Ashes Test, Taunton
The format changed, but Perry continued to be England's nemesis, much like she was in the previous Ashes Test in Sydney in 2017-18. Australia opted to bat and Perry, who walked in to bat at the fall of Alyssa Healy's wicket for 58, piled on the misery for England with her second Test century. She first added 69 for the third wicket with Lanning and followed that up with a mammoth 162-run stand with Rachael Haynes before her 281-ball stay ended at 116.
Australia eventually declared at 420/8 and Perry struck early with the ball, removing Tammy Beaumont for a duck in her second over. As Australia came in to bat in their second innings, Perry scored an unbeaten 76 and it was only fitting that she stayed right till the end, as the visitors retained the urn with a draw. Perry's 192 runs combined in the game was 104 better than the next best and was easily the standout performance in women's Tests in 2019.
4) 47 (39) and 1/17, 2nd Ashes T20I, Hove
Australia had won the previous game in Chelmsford, thanks to a monumental 133 not out by skipper Meg Lanning. Perry stole the show in the second to help Australia seize a series-clinching seven-wicket win. Perry priced out Amy Jones in the first over after England opted to bat, but it was the spin duo of Jess Jonassen and Georgia Wareham that did the damage, bagging four scalps between them as England finished at 121/8.
Perry walked in to join Lanning, with Australia reduced to 35/3 in the sixth over, requiring 87 to win at a little above a run-a-ball. The duo kept on pinching singles and struck occasional boundaries to ensure that the required rate remained well under control. With 35 needed off the last six, Lanning struck two boundaries off Natalie Sciver before Perry smoked Laura Marsh for a six over mid-wicket to shatter England's hopes. Two overs later, she steered one down to third man to clinch the game and the series for Australia.
Perry finished the tour with 378 runs and 15 wickets across the three formats.
5) 112 and 1/5 v West Indies, 2nd WODI, Antigua
Perry's unbeaten 33 and 3/17 was a mere sideshow to the double-century stand between Lanning and Healy that had set up Australia's thumping 178-run win in the first ODI. But Perry stole the limelight in the second, registering a second ODI hundred to power her team to yet another series win. Perry walked in after a half-century opening stand between Healy and Rachael Haynes and scored an unbeaten 112 off 118 that included nine hits to the fence.
Ellyse Perry's last seven innings for Australia across all formats:— ICC (@ICC) September 10, 2019
Healy, Mooney and Gardner scored half centuries as Australia posted a daunting 308/2 batting first. Perry delivered her normal service with the ball, pricing out opener Stacy-Ann King in the fourth over to set it up for the visitors. West Indies somehow crawled to 157/8 at the end of the 50th over, and Australia registered a comprehensive 151-run win.
Australia took the next game too, and Perry, who scored 178 runs in the series without being dismissed even once and bagged five wickets, was named the Player of the Series.