Ellyse Perry has cemented* her place as one of the giants of Australian sport, smashing a record double century* in the Ashes Test.
Australian women’s cricket team Southern Stars’ Perry hammered out the first hundred of her international career on Saturday before surging* on to 213 not out, the highest score by an Australian.
She lifted Australia from early crisis to a powerful position of 9-448 declared on day three of the Test before the match went on to be a draw.
“It was fun. I think that’s probably the best way to describe it. I had an amazing time out there batting with all the girls,” she said.
“More than anything I think what’s been the biggest thrill of my career has been the people who have come to this match and the atmosphere that has been created.”
The Women’s Ashes is a series of matches between the English and Australian cricket teams. It includes One Day International (ODI), Test and T20 matches. The final clash of the women’s series will be held on Tuesday November 21 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Perry has been a household name for more than a decade as the only Australian to ever represent her country at a World Cup in two different sports, cricket and soccer.
Fellow Southern Stars player Amanda-Jade Wellington has also been making headlines this series.
Her spin bowling has been compared to the ‘King of Spin’ Shane Warne, a famous former Australian men’s bowler.
But The Ashes is not restricted to the women’s cricket team. The men’s Ashes series begins with a Test at the Gabba in Brisbane from November 23-27.
Matches in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will follow over the summer and are expected to draw huge crowds of cricket fans.
The term, The Ashes, came from a satirical* death notice published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia’s 1882 victory at The Oval, their first Test win on English soil.
The obituary* stated that English cricket had died, and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”.
The mythical ashes immediately became associated with the 1882—83 series played in Australia, before which the English captain Ivo Bligh had vowed to “regain those ashes”. The English media therefore dubbed the tour the quest to regain the Ashes.
century: 100 points
surging: rapidly going up
satirical: making fun of
obituary: death notices in a newspaper
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