Perry misses ton by one as Aussies dominate England in Ashes opener despite delayed DRS drama

Australia's Ellyse Perry during day one of the first Women's Ashes test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2023. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

Ellyse Perry says she won’t dwell on falling agonisingly short of a record-equalling third Test century after being caught for 99 before Australia went to stumps at 7-327 on day one of the Ashes.

Australia’s best player for the past decade, Perry went within a whisker on Thursday of joining Jill Kennare and Betty Wilson as the nation’s only players with three Test tons.

But her hopes of three figures were dashed when she cut England debutante Lauren Filer to Nat Sciver-Brunt in the gully on 99, one ball after narrowly evading the same fielder. 

“It’s a number, and one we talk about a lot in cricket,” Perry said. “But the whole experience out there today was so much fun. I love every opportunity. Sometimes things just go that way, it’s hard to be disappointed.

Australia’s Ellyse Perry during day one at Trent Bridge. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

“There’s just not really much to dwell on there. It’s like every time you get out, it’s a bu

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