Southern Stars all-rounder Ellyse Perry says debutante Jess Jonassen’s player-of-the-match performance in Australia’s Women Ashes Test victory over England bodes well for the future of the side.
The Southern Stars crushed England by 161 runs, with Perry collecting 6-32 to dismiss England for 101 in their run-chase.
At the centre of the Test victory was 22-year-old Jonassen, who salvaged a potential first-innings blowout by scoring 99 and then 54 in the second knock.
The victory increases Australia’s lead in the series to six points, meaning they need to win just one of their three remaining T20 fixtures to reclaim the urn.
“For someone on her debut Test match to be as poised and in control as she was when she went into bat for that first innings – we were five for 99 – she almost made it look like she was batting on a different pitch to the rest of us,” Perry told SEN1116’s Morning Glory program.
“To have someone like her batting at seven, contributing like she did, and then coming out and bowling a little bit of left-arm orthodox, and taking a few key wickets as well, it certainly bodes well for the future.”
Perry said it was critical the Southern Stars bowled England out quickly on the fourth and final day.
“We had a little bat on the last day, day four, before putting England back in and that gave us a good 90 overs to be able to bowl them out which is fantastic,” said the all-rounder.
“It was a really special victory and quite crucial in the scheme of things.”
The Southern Stars will play a series of T20 games in Dublin against the Irish, before returning to England for the final three games of the Ashes campaign.
The Women’s Ashes is made up of three ODIs, a Test match and then three T20 matches, with the winner determined via a points system.