Perry piles on runs but still looking to improve
CRICKET: Ellyse Perry is one of the form players of the World Cup but she feels her perfect game is still ahead of her as Australia begins preparations for its semi-final against India on Thursday.
Perry has recorded five straight half centuries this World Cup, her most recent a 55 in Australia's 59-run win over South Africa on Saturday.
However the allrounder was disappointed with how she lost her wicket and felt she should have batted out the innings.
Perry was caught after she skied it to Marizanne Kapp at mid-on with just under 10 overs left in the innings.
While Australia went on to post a tough total of 269 against the Proteas, they had been tracking for 300-plus.
Five wickets fell in eight overs from when Perry was caught and Australia was all out with nine balls to go.
Perry said she felt it was her responsibility to guide the Aussie tail-end home.
"It was really crucial for one of our set batters to stay in to the end, right to the 50 overs and I think that responsibility was probably largely on me because I was in and hitting the ball okay," said Perry, who finished with player-of-the-match honours and 2-47 with the ball.
"To get out was really frustrating, that's probably why we missed out on pushing on and getting close to 300.
"That's going to be really crucial in the last couple of matches, hopefully making the final and with the semi-final coming up, just being able to put more pressure on sides while we can is important."
Perry now has 23 ODI 50s from 90 matches but still has not scored 100 in the format.
While many feel it is close, her demeanour at the crease indicates it is not something she's thinking about right now.
Coming in at four for Australia this World Cup Perry has been content to score at a steady rate and build partnerships in the middle. Her work there with Meg Lanning continues to improve and has proved crucial to Australia remaining favourites for the title.
The pair have put on stands of 119, 71, 57 and 121 together this tournament.
Perry said the so-far elusive century for her is of "absolutely no consequence at the moment" and that instead whatever role she plays is important - be it a big score or a steadying influence.
And despite Australia being the most methodical teams of the World Cup, Perry said there are still things for them to improve on against an Indian side she expects to be out to reverse the result from when the two teams last met.
"I think we want to just be clinical, we've spoken about that the whole series and we haven't quite put together a perfect game just yet," Perry said. "From that point of view we've got a few things to chase with the bat and the ball.
"I expect them (India) to be really tough.
"They probably left a few things unattended against us the other day that we know they're really dangerous, they've got a great couple of batters and some really dangerous bowlers. They'll be good."