It was a day for the record books on day three of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Test match at North Sydney Oval, as Lendlease Breakers and Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry posted a magnificent 213* stand – the highest Test score by an Australian woman.
Earlier in the day Perry had also brought up her maiden international, a special moment which she shared with batting partner, Lendlease Breakers and Australian team-mate and long-time friend Alyssa Healy.
She then went on to pass both the 150 and 200 milestones. This feat saw her surpass Karen Rolton, whose 209 not out was the standing Australian Test score record.
The herculean effort put Australia in a strong position at stumps, with England 0-40 trailing Australia by 128 runs.
Australia started the day at 5-177 and were boosted by a 102-run partnership between Perry and Alyssa Healy (45) which ate into the 103-run deficit.
Debutant Tahlia McGrath (47) and Jess Jonassen (24) both spent time out in the middle and provided good support to Perry who passed the 200-mark, reaching 213 not out when captain Rachael Haynes declared with Australia 9-448 with a lead of 168 runs.