ICC Women's World Cup: Ellyse Perry ruled out versus WI
Australia Women all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out from the upcoming semi-final clash against West Indies in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup. Perry was troubled with back spasms during Australia's penultimate league stage game against South Africa. As a result, she was forced out of the game. She bowled merely three overs and conceded 18 runs. Here are the details.
Why does this story matter?
This is the second time that Perry would be missing out on an ICC World Cup semi-final. She had suffered a hamstring injury in Australia's final league fixture in the 2020 T20 World Cup. Hence, she was ruled out for both semi-final and final. Fortunately, Australia Women scripted wins in both fixtures to be crowned the world champions on a record fifth occasion.
Meg Lanning's statement on Ellyse Perry
"We'll go in without her tomorrow and we'll keep assessing her if we are to progress in the tournament. So, unfortunate for her and the team, obviously, a big blow but we feel like we have got some good depth to be able to cover it and we're going to have to do that tomorrow," Meg Lanning was reported saying as per ESPNCricinfo.
A look at Perry's numbers in 2022 Women's World Cup
The all-rounder has been in great form in the ongoing Women's World Cup. With the willow, she has amassed 146 runs in five innings at an average of 48.66. She struck 68* against NZ in the group stage. She has claimed five wickets at 27.40, with the best bowling figures of 3/22. She has bowled at an economy rate of 4.72.
Perry is one of the stalwarts in Australia Women's cricket
Perry ranks fifth in terms of most runs by an Australian woman in the Women's World Cup (656). She averages a sensational 54.66. She has notched six fifties, with 71 as her personal best. She's currently seated fourth among the Aussies with the most number of wickets in the Women's World Cup (31).
Australia vs West Indies on March 30
Australia Women will be locking horns with West Indies in the first semi-final. The match will take place on Wednesday at Basin Reserve in Wellington. Aussies, who have been unbeaten in the ongoing Women's World Cup, had trounced WI by seven wickets during the group stage. The winner will advance into the final, which will take place on Sunday at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.