Even the most obsessive statistician could be forgiven for doing a double-take on first glance of Ellyse Perry’s Test match stats. Coming into the Trent Bridge Test, her batting average was 75.20 after 17 innings. That included two hundreds (one unbeaten double) and three fifties since her debut in 2008. When those innings are whittled down to the last six years, a double-take should turn into a stunned silence.
Across the eight innings she has played in that time, she has been dismissed three times. Once for 18 and once for 41, both in the Canberra Test match against England last year, and once for 116 in Taunton in 2019. In those innings, she has racked up 619 runs, and her determined grit at the crease means her average across that time reads 206.33.