Australian woman all-rounder Ellyse Perry, while taking the field during the third T20I against New Zealand in Auckland on Thursday, achieved a rare feat. She became the most capped T20I cricketer in the world – in men’s and women’s cricket. with 123 T20Is in her name.
The swashbuckling all-rounder has now surpassed the previous record-holder, former New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates. Deandra Dottin of the West Indies and Australia’s Alyssa Healy are currently at the third spot jointly, having played 118 T20Is matches each so far.
As far as men's cricket is concerned, Pakistan player Shoaib Malik, who has played 116 T20Is, has the most number of matches in men’s T20Is in his name as well. Overall, he placed at the sixth spot. Meanwhile, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma placed ninth on this list after playing 111 T20Is so far.
Ellyse Perry, the world No. 1 ODI all-rounder, has returned to international cricket in the series against New Zealand. She last featured for Australia during the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup, where in a league game against New Zealand she got a hamstring injury which ruled her out of the tournament as well. With this series, she has played her first international match in 391 days.
On Perry’s record-breaking day, the third, as well as the decider T20I, ended with no result. With rain being played the spoilsports at Eden Park, the match was abandoned with less than three overs bowled as well and Australia and New Zealand shared the series 1-1 too. The match was earlier reduced to 13 overs per side after a delayed start due to drizzle but shortly after the game started, where Australia were put in to bat, the rain returned and left the game ended with no result as well.
Both Australia and New Zealand will play the ODI series, where Meg Lanning’s team are on the verge of making a record 22nd victory in the format.“People who can bat for long periods of time and make those match-winning contributions are extremely important to have in your side. Ellyse has shown over a long period of time she can do that. She’ll play a really big role in the ODIs as she has for many years,” said captain Meg Lanning.
The three-match One Day International series will begin on April 4, Sunday.
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