Ellyse Perry’s unbeaten 47 in Australia’s seven-wicket win over England made her the first player (male or female) to reach the all-round milestone of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in T20 internationals.
Perry had claimed her 100th wicket by dismissing Nat Sciver in the T20 World Cup final in November last year and clipped a four off her pads to bring up the 1000-run mark in the closing stages of Sunday’s chase.
She played a composed and measured innings to help Australia chase down their target of 122 with 13 balls to spare.
1000 T20I runs.
100 T20I wickets.
— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) July 28, 2019
— ICC (@ICC) July 28, 2019
“It speaks volumes for how much our team has developed over the last six months and…how important our professional set-up is back home,” Perry said after the match. “Not just the 15 girls here, the other 13 on the ‘A’ tour and the domestic players back home who are literally training all year round now and that’s been the case for a couple of years and I think it’s starting to really show up and pay dividends.”
Shahid Afridi (1416 runs and 98 wickets) had previously been the closest to reaching the all-round milestone, while Shakib al Hasan (1471 and 88) is best placed to join Perry in the coming years.