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Perry hits 5th straight 50, Aust women win

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Darren Walton

Ellyse Perry is closing in on her own world record after leading Australia to another decisive victory in the fifth and final women's one-day international against South Africa.

The superstar dual international belted her fifth consecutive half-century - a run-a-ball 56 - as Australia racked up 9-260 from their 50 overs in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.

The player of the match also collected 3-52 with the ball and effected the key run-out of first drop Lara Goodall for a duck, as Australia dismissed South Africa for 217 to win by 43 runs and complete a 4-0 whitewash after Sunday's fourth match ended in a thrilling tie.

But it was Perry's batting that again caught the eye after previous knocks of 93 not out, a career-best unbeaten 95 in Canberra last week, 69 and her 56 on Tuesday.

Her 78-run fifth-wicket stand with Jess Jonassen (39 from 39 balls) was particularly important, while her run-out of Goodall came after South Africa's openers put on 66 to have the Southern Stars under pressure.

The 26-year-old shares the women's record of most 50s in a row with Zimbabwe-born Australian Lindsay Reeler and recently retired England captain Charlotte Edwards after notching scores of 90 not out, 53, 72, 64no, 74no and 78 during a similarly hot spell in 2014/15 against the West Indies and England.

Perry will have the chance to equal her joint world record of six consecutive half-centuries - and potentially beat it - against New Zealand in February.

Perry's latest streak started with an unbeaten 77 against Sri Lanka in September in Colombo.

Yet, remarkably, Perry has yet to make a century in a total of 60 ODI innings.

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