After engaging in a competitive battle with rookie Filer, the Australia star misses out on a third Test century.
The Unfortunate 99: Ellyse Perry Misses Out on Third Test Century
Ellyse Perry acknowledged that being dismissed for 99 was “a bit of a bummer,” but she wouldn’t let it stop her from enjoying Trent Bridge’s exciting opening day of the Women’s Ashes.
The game’s turning point thus far was Perry’s dismissal, caught in the gully off the fiery rookie Lauren Filer. After a protracted rain delay, England overcame a daunting post-lunch score of 202 for 2 to reduce Australia to 238 for 6.
Then, in a 77-run seventh-wicket partnership, Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland showed off Australia’s impressive batting depth. However, when Gardner was caught for 40 by Lauren Bell’s first new ball delivery, the sides ended the game on 328 for 7.
Perry concluded by saying, “It was just a great tussle.” It was an excellent way to end there, following a challenging practice due to the weather delay. Both teams would be satisfied with some aspects of today, but there are other areas where one team has the advantage over the other. So if it continues to look like that, that was a fantastic Test cricket day.
Perry managed to collect a career-best 213 not out against England in Sydney in November 2017 before dominating their most recent Test in England, at Taunton in 2019, with twin scores of 116 and 76 not out. For most of her 153-ball stay, it was business as usual for Perry in Ashes Tests.
However, she was bothered by one player more than the rest of England’s onslaught. After her coach, Jon Lewis indicated before the game that she was bowling “with more pace than probably anyone else in the country,” Filer reached velocities of over 75 mph on her debut. And when Perry, who was on 10, was trapped on the pads and called out lbw, Perry’s review confirmed what appeared to be a fairytale first-ball wicket for her.
However, she would only be with that first wicket for long as she got Beth Mooney to cut to gully at the end of her third over. And Filer caught the giant fish when she came back in the late afternoon for her third shift. In search of her hundred, Perry was enticed into the drive and pushed forward by some added lift and bounce. Nat Sciver-Brunt made no errors at the gully.
Perry stated that she had been thinking about “nothing in particular” when asked if the landmark had been on her mind.
“Like every ball, it’s simply a chance at a specific time, and I’d had a tremendous battle with Filer the entire time. She made her debut tonight, and she was pretty remarkable. She occasionally made the game exciting. That ball just met my needs, which is OK. Although it’s a number that is frequently spoken in cricket, today’s experience on the pitch was a lot of joy. I have cherished each chance. Things happen that way at times. It’s hard to feel let down.
“It was nice to contribute,” she continued. Participating in excellent collaborations, especially with TMac [McGrath], was fantastic. To leave, it’s the same as at any other moment. Although it’s a little disappointing, the game and life continue.
The Women’s Test returned to a significant venue for the first time since 2001 at Trent Bridge, following the thrilling conclusion of the opening Men’s Ashes Test at Edgbaston. During the previous 20 years, Ashes matches had been held in Hove, Worcester, Wormsley, Canterbury, and Taunton.
“I really enjoyed today, to be out there and to be a part of it,” Perry remarked. “To have such a great atmosphere with the crowd, which just shows how much the game’s come along, and how much quality there was in the game today, with bat and ball, was just awesome.”
England’s Sophie Ecclestone, who bowled 28 consecutive overs on each side of the rain break to record the day’s top statistics of 3 for 71 in 31 overs, contributed significantly to that quality. Alyssa Healy and Jess Jonassen joined a mini-collapse, which featured the critical dismissal of McGrath, who was bowled by a beauty for 61 to halt her fearsome century partnership with Perry. Two more wickets fell in the space of three balls as well.
Suppose I look back on the Tests I’ve played in. In that case, it’s likely unusual only to have one frontline spinner in the bowling attack, and it says volumes about how excellent Sophie Ecclestone is, Perry remarked. She is the best spinner in the world.
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