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Perry banned from attack, but Aussie women's Ashes charge on track


A re-think of cricket rules may be required after Ellyse Perry was controversially barred for dangerous bowling in Australia’s women’s one-day Ashes win, according to captain Rachael Haynes.

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Australia claimed a dominant 75-run victory over England in their rain-affected second match of the series at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on the NSW north coast, taking a four-point series lead. But they were forced to do it without Perry from early in their bowling innings.

Three overs after rain stopped play for 20 minutes early in England’s innings, Perry was put out of the attack by umpire Claire Polosak after sending down two consecutive chest and head-high no-balls in slippery conditions.

The match had also been stopped for 30 minutes after the dinner break for a heavy storm and hail, leaving the outfield particularly greasy.

And Haynes said perhaps rule-makers should consider if conditions have led to full tosses before sitting bowlers out of the attack for the rest of the innings.

“It’s pretty tough for bowlers in conditions like this – perhaps it might be something that is looked at in the future,” Haynes said.

“As soon as the ball hit the ground it got quite wet and quite difficult.”

Perry could have considered herself unlucky to have been sent from the attack after 2.4 overs.

While MCC laws of cricket dictate that any bowler who delivers two above waist-high full tosses be immediately suspended from bowling, women’s one-day rules state a bowler should only be warned if the batter is in danger of being hurt.

Perry’s second full toss was well wide of wicket, and was easily cut away by Heather Knight.

Haynes pleaded Perry’s case on the field, while former English international Charlotte Edwards claimed Perry was “unlucky” in the Nine Network’s commentary.

“I didn’t think it was dangerous… she was probably unlucky there,” Edwards said.

It mattered little though as Perry’s opening bowling partner Megan Schutt claimed 4-26 to have England all out for 209 after their target of 297 was reduced to 285 due to the rain.

“To lose one of our pace bowlers early wasn’t ideal,” Haynes said.

“But I thought the way the whole group lifted and responded was really impressive. The way young Tahlia McGrath came on and took it in her stride it was excellent.”

Haynes is urging her team to waste no time slamming the door shut on England’s Ashes hopes ahead of the third one-dayer of the series on Sunday. With the women’s Ashes decided on a points basis – of two points for each of the three ODIs and Twenty20s as well as four for the Test – Australia are now at most just two wins away from retaining the trophy.

And Haynes has vowed not to waste the early-series momentum and let England back into the contest.

“We definitely don’t want to let them back in at all,” Haynes said.

“We know England are a very dangerous team. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of them yet.

“We want to make sure we continue on the form that we’ve presented and close the door as soon as we can.”

The Aussies have completely outplayed an English side that just two months ago won their home World Cup, in each of the first two one-dayers.

Yesterday’s win was Australia’s third biggest over the old enemy in 14 years, and came off the back of the Aussies’ sixth highest women’s ODI total of all time at 4-296.

Haynes herself was dominant. She lashed 89 off 56 as the hosts as Australia belted 94 off their final 10 overs at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on the NSW north coast.

“It’s a great start for us,” Haynes said.

“But we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to make sure we come out here on Sunday and build on the start that we’ve had.”

Australia are confident of welcoming back allrounder Ashleigh Gardner for Sunday’s match.

She claimed three wickets and hit a match-turning 27 from 18 balls late in Australia’s series-opening win, but missed Thursday’s victory through a mild concussion.


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