27/02/2024

Australian National Women's Cricket Team during the ODI portion of the Ashes series (Photo: cricket.com.au)

Led by Ellyse Perry, Australia's relentless bowling attack led the way as they recorded a five wicket win in the second ODI in the Women's Ashes at the Junction Oval

Ellyse Perry has led a relentless bowling performance from Australia to a series victory in the Women’s Ashes with a five-wicket win at the Junction Oval.

After Meg Lanning won the toss on a beautiful Melbourne day and elected to bowl, the world-class bowling attack didn’t relent from thier line or length all day. Suffocating the English batters with attacking field placements.

Even without teenage quick Darcie Brown, who ran through England with figures of 4-34 in the first ODI three days ago, left out of the starting XI with general soreness, Australia’s bowlers always had the upper hand and the innings ended in the 46th over.

After not taking a wicket in an ODI since October 2019, Ellyse Perry got the ball rolling for the home side on her “home” ground when she found the edge of Tammy Beaumont through to Alyssa Healy who took a stunning catch diving to her right.

She led the bowling attack strongly, looking the best with the ball in hand since her hamstring injury in March on the same ground back at the World Cup in 2020, taking 3/12 off seven overs.

Aided by some brilliant fielding from the Australians who held all the chances when they came, Lanning, herself reeled in a spectacular diving catch at first slip to dismiss Danni Wyatt for a duck off the bowling of Annabel Sutherland.

Lanning again had several options to call upon, with all 10 wickets shared around the six bowlers used.

There was no let-up for Heather Knight and her England team, with no bowler providing much respite. Each bowler was frugal and unrelenting with their consistent line and length and strangling the England batters.

Such was the bevy of options Lanning had, she threw the ball to her breakout star Tahlia McGrath at the start of the 40th over. With England already on the ropes at 7-107, McGrath continued her exceptional summer with both bat and ball, finishing with 3/4 off 3.2 overs, cleaning up the tail. England all out 129.

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Speaking post-game after winning player of the match honours, Perry lauded the team effort with the ball and in the field as an area that Australia could get on top of England and build pressure.

“I thought we bowled really well, both pace and spin,” she said.

“We just kept the pressure on them and that probably set the game up for us”

Perry had a great view for both blinding catches in the field today as the Australians took every opportunity that was presented to them. Alyssa Healy took a diving catch off Perry’s own bowling to dismiss Tammy Beaumont before watching her skipper dive at slip from fine-leg to take one of the catches of the summer.

“It was a great part of our game today,” She said.

“The fielding and taking opportunities, we’ve worked pretty hard on that away from the game. To be able to execute it in the game, in big moments, and be aggressive and make the most of that is really good”

Australia lost wickets along the way but chased the total down with relative ease. They lost Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning early, Lanning for a duck, falling to Kate Cross again. Only needing to go at two and a half runs an over from the outset, Australia chased the total with little concern.

Ellyse Perry backed up her fantastic display with the ball, bouncing back from a golden duck in Canberra to top score with 40 off 64 deliveries. Perry was at her classy best with some exquisite strokeplay and control before attempting a quick single and was run out by Kate Cross with a direct hit at the non -strikers end.

Ashleigh Gardner, after not being called upon to bowl accumulated a steady contribution with the bat, finishing unbeaten on 31 off 34 balls.

Cross was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists again, backing up her opening display of 3/33 in Canberra with today, picking up the key wickets of Lanning and Tahlia McGrath.

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