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Ellyse Perry plays down personal feats as Australia look to clinch Ashes in Test against England

Having had a full week to reflect on her remarkable bowling feats in the third ODI against England, allrounder Ellyse Perry was as humble as she had been while receiving the Player of Match award in front of her team-mates and - very humbled - rivals two Sunday evenings ago in Canterbury.

Perhaps it was the fact she was still surrounded by her fellow Australian players on the team bus as they made the journey to Taunton for the Ashes Test starting on Thursday, perhaps there was something in the fact it sounded like she had just been awoken from a nap when she picked up the phone. But a modest, understated, team-first attitude seems simply to be Perry's style.

"I think it did come out of the blue, to be honest," Perry said of her career-best 7 for 22 which routed England, bowled out for 75, and sealed a 3-0 ODI series victory, worth six Ashes points. It was also the the best ODI bowling performance ever by an Australian woman.

She credited Australia bowling coach Ben Sawyer, who is also head coach of Perry's WBBL side Sydney Sixers, with helping her - and, of course, her fellow bowlers - since he joined the national team last September.

"I've been really fortunate to work with Ben Sawyer for a number of years now and we just always try to keep developing and progressing things as a bowling unit," Perry said. "For whatever reason the other day it was just my day and it went my way and I guess you have those days every now and then when you play. It was just one of those ones that I can't really explain but it was nice."

Perry had another one of those days the last time Australia played England in a Test. Her unbeaten 213 in the drawn match at North Sydney Oval in November 2017, is the third-highest in a Test innings by any woman.

An elite athlete, Perry takes a keen interest in many sports, having gone to watch Roger Federer play Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic against David Goffin in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and kept tabs on the FIFA Women's World Cup, having made 18 appearances for Australia's national team, the Matildas, in her previous career as a football player.

"It feels like a long, long time ago now but I certainly, like anyone else, absolutely love the Matildas and enjoy following their progress and how they're going," Perry said. "But personally I think football feels like a whole other career ago, I guess. With England making it to the semi-finals there was a lot of buzz over here. It was really big news and I kept a bit of an eye on it."

But back to cricket, and the team. Perry, who has played all of her seven career Tests against England, expects the hosts to come out firing, given they must win the match to keep alive any hope of wrenching the Ashes from Australia.

"The situation has set up a really exciting Test match because I know as a team we're really eager to play an exciting, enjoyable brand of cricket to watch and part of that is trying to push for a result and be successful in the Test match," Perry said. "England are in a position now where they need to win the Test match, so from that point of view, it means there's going to be some really great cricket played.

"England are an incredibly capable side with a number of very, very good players. I know they've been disappointed with how they've performed in the series so far but I think we're all incredibly wary of them and what they're capable of doing and given the pressure that they're under to be aggressive and play well and win this match coming up it's going to be a really good fight for us."

Source: ESPN Cric Info

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