Saturday 17 August 2019

That awkward moment when you celebrate your Ashes double century two runs early…

Oh this is awkward.

Australia’s Ellyse Perry during the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup
Australia’s Ellyse Perry during the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup

By Max McLean

Closing in on a double century as a cricketer can be a massively nerve-wracking experience, so imagine thinking you’d finally got there, only to be corrected.

Ellyse Perry faced that problem when, batting against England during the women’s Ashes, a shot that looked like a six turned out to be a four instead.

Helmet off, badge kissed, bat raised – oh no.

The shot only took Perry to 198 – fortunately, she managed to reach the milestone the next over.

Not a bad way to go about reaching your first century.

Jason Gillespie knows a thing or two about making a double century out of nowhere – the bowler scored 201 not out against Bangladesh in his final Test innings for Australia in 2006.

Perry came in to bat with Australia 54-2 and 226 runs behind England – she left the field with Australia 168 runs ahead.

Oh, and after that she bowled a couple of overs as well – with England 40-0, still 128 runs behind Australia going into the final day, Perry’s innings has put Australia completely in control.

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