Perry top of the list
ELLYSE Perry’s devastating form this World Cup is making an official impact with the latest ICC ODI player rankings featuring the Australian heavily.
Perry ( pictured) is now the top ranked ODI all- rounder courtesy of her fifth straight 50 this World Cup at the weekend.
A 55 for the Australian No. 4 in their 59- run win over South Africa as well as another two wickets to her tally catapulted her to be the current best all- round player.
The ICC rankings were updated at the conclusion of the group stage of the World Cup and Perry’s revised rating of 415 had her leapfrog West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor ( 376).
Perry has the second most runs in the tournament, with 366 from her seven matches, and is just six runs off leader Tammy Beaumont from England. Her five 50s are two more than any other player in the World Cup and she has taken nine wickets.
She also moved into third place on the ODI batting rankings with a revised rating of 749 behind Australia captain Meg Lanning ( 779), whom many regard as the world’s best play- er, and India captain Mithali R Raj ( 774), w whom Australi lia will face in t the World Cup s semi- final on T Thursday.
As well as Perry’s consistent form at the crease, moments i in theh field, like her incredible run out of South Africa’s Trisha Chetty that was thrown in from deep in the outfield, are immeasurable but don’t go unnoticed by her teammates.
“She’s an outstanding performer. She’s one of the best players in the world,” said spin bowler Kristen Beams.
“In some ways it’s not a surprise. I think she’s been great with the bat and very good with the ball as well.
“It’s really nice to see someone who can come in and bat and bang it in to the wicket and bowl short when we need her to.
“She’s a big game player and I’m sure we’ll see that again this week.”
Australia takes on India in Derby for a place in Sunday’s World Cup final at Lord’s.