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Lanning, Perry add to list of ODI records

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Adrian Warren

Setting records and winning matches, cricketers Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry have become one of Australian sport's best and most reliable combinations.

Rugby league has Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston , Australian rules has Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield and rugby union has David Pocock and Michael Hooper,.

The prolific batting pair of Perry and Lanning piled on a 224-run third wicket partnership in Canbarra on Sunday to help Australia to a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against South Africa.

It was the sixth time Perry and Lanning have both made more than 50 in the same ODI with Australia going on to win.

"We bat pretty well together," Lanning said.

Her 134 off 122 balls on Sunday was her ninth ODI hundred, equalling the world women's record set by England veteran Charlotte Edwards.

Lanning reached the landmark in 51 innings, 118 fewer than Edwards who started her lengthy international career in 1996 when the Australian was just four years old.

"It (the record) is not something I've given a lot of thought to," said Lanning, who averages 50.70 in ODIs.

"But I really do look to make big scores and match-winning scores."

Allrounder Perry is coming to the end of her 10th year of international cricket, but she only turned 26 earlier this month.

She has bettered her best ODI score in each of her last two games, scoring 93 in the series opener and 95 not out in game two.

Sunday's score was her 16th ODI half-century, 15 of them coming in her last 21 innings since she started batting regularly in the top five.

Perry has batted as low as No.10 but now averages almost 48 with the bat in addition to 24 with the ball.

Perry, who jointly holds the world record for most successive women's ODI 50s with six, has yet to score a hundred in that format at international level.

But Lanning reckons that milestone could come as early as Wednesday's third game of the South Africa series at North Sydney Oval.

"The form she's in, she's probably going to get to it next game at the rate she's going," Lanning said.

"She's been hitting the ball well for a number of years now and I'm sure that first century is not too far away."

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