Lendlease Breaker and Australian Women’s Cricket Team allrounder Ellyse Perry has become the eight Australian to reach 2,000 ODI runs after a stellar performance with the bat in Australia’s third game of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

Perry had a Player of the Match performance, making 71 and helping Australia to level the score against New Zealand at 219 before being caught out on the boundary. Partner at the crease, and Lendlease Breakers captain, Alex Blackwell (36*) showed class by seizing the momentum with a quick single to secure the winning run.

“It was a tough wicket to get in on and New Zealand bowled really well so it was great to get some good partnerships with Meg and Alex. It was hard going and was really nice to get one over the line in the end,” said Perry on the game.

Commenting on getting to bat higher up the order, Perry said, “The evolution up the order has happened really gradually and naturally.”

“I got a great opportunity when I was quite young to come into the team as a bowler, which I really enjoyed and became my spot in the team for a while. As the team has developed over time I’ve had more opportunity with the bat, which I’ve really enjoyed as well and it’s been great to develop that aspect of my game.”

The Australian Women's Cricket Team have now won all three of their ICC Women’s World Cup matches and are due to take on Pakistan in Leicester on Wednesday, 5 July.