Fresh from breaking the Australian record for the highest-ever women’s Test score, Ellyse Perry is ready to put the pressure with the ball as England look to stay in the Ashes.
England will start the final day of their pink-ball Test at 0-40 on Sunday, still 128 runs short of making Australia have to bat again after Perry slammed 213 not out – the third-highest score in women’s Test history.
The star allrounder has been on the field for all but 31 overs through the first three days of the Test, but she still managed to send down two overs on Saturday night following her marathon 374-ball knock.
Perry indicated she won’t pull any punches on Sunday as Australia aim to wrap up the series at North Sydney Oval after she claimed three wickets in the first innings.
“It’s certainly in our hands to win but we’ve got a lot of hard work to do it,” Perry said.
“I think we’ve certainly got the upper hand now. Took a lot of hard work to get that today.”
“The wicket is starting to break up a bit, getting a bit slower, and I suppose the pressure is back on them.”
If there were any demons in the wicket, Perry certainly didn’t show it on Saturday.
She batted with poise and control and barely gave the tourists a chance as she worked through the gears after coming to the crease midway through a mini Australian collapse of 3-13 on Friday.
England also struggled to get life out of the pink ball once it aged quickly, on a deck that was abrasive to the pill.
Captain Heather Knight vowed that her side wouldn’t go into their shell as they look save the match on Sunday, and give themselves a chance of winning back the multi-format Ashes if they are victorious in the last three Twenty20s.
“You always look to score when you bat, that’s how you get your footwork going,” Knight said.
“We try and hang in there and fight really hard but we’ve got to look to score, look to get some runs on the board and look to get that total down as small as we can tomorrow.
“Ellyse showed how to bat on that wicket and how to play.
“It’s about trying to get the ball as soft as it went for our innings because it made it really hard for the bowlers when that ball did go soft.”