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Perry's double delight put Australia in charge

Ellyse Perry holds the record for the highest individual score for Australia Women in Tests
Ellyse Perry holds the record for the highest individual score for Australia Women in Tests

England Women 280 & 40-0 (Beaumont 25no) v
Australia Women 448-9 dec (Perry 213no)
Women's Ashes, Only Test, day three

Ellyse Perry went on to register the highest score for an Australian Women player in Test cricket as the home side possess advantage heading into the final day in Sydney.

This was also the first time, Perry has crossed the three-figure mark in international cricket and her score of unbeaten 213 surpassed the previous highest individual score set by Karen Rolton in 2001.

Perry (213 not out) started the third day, needing 30 more runs to reach her century and started the proceedings with a couple of boundaries in the first over.

Even though England tied down things a bit, both Perry and Alyssa Healy (45) stepped up the accelerator as they smashed a six and four boundaries in a span of 12 deliveries with the former reaching her first ever century in international cricket.

The runs came thick and fast for the hosts and as they approached England's first innings total of 280 runs, Healy fell to Laura Marsh (3-109), ending her 102 run stand with Perry.

Perry continued to press on and had vital partnerships with Tahlia McGrath (45) and Jess Jonassen (24) to take the total past the 400-run mark. The ninth wicket Amanda Wellington (2) fell when Perry needed seven more runs for the double century as tension prevailed at North Sydney Oval.

An action filled 165th over saw Perry smash Marsh to the boundary, which she initially thought was a maximum and initiated her celebration for a double century but replays indicated that the ball had bounced before reaching the boundary, leaving her on 198.

Megan Schutt (1 not out) provided proper support negating six deliveries and in the 166th over, Perry smashed two boundaries and a six to go well past her double century as the declaration for Australia came at 448.

Trailing by 168 runs, England openers, Tammy Beaumont (25 not out) and Lauren Winfield (12 not out) provided a solid start of 40 runs without losing a wicket in the 17 overs of play possible before stumps on day three.

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