Perry top of the list

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - FIONA BOLLEN

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.

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