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Perry's star continues rise at World Cup with ICC rankings

TOP OF THE WORLD: Australia's Ellyse Perry is the leading all-rounder in women's one-day cricket.
TOP OF THE WORLD: Australia's Ellyse Perry is the leading all-rounder in women's one-day cricket. SUPPLIED

ELLYSE Perry's devastating form this World Cup is making an official impact with the latest ICC ODI player rankings featuring the Australian heavily.

Perry is now the top ranked ODI all-rounder courtesy of her fifth straight 50 this World Cup at the weekend. A 55 for the Australia number four in their 59-run win over South Africa as well as another two wickets to her tally catapulted her to be the current best all-round player.

The ICC rankings were updated at the conclusion of the group stage of the World Cup and Perry's revised rating of 415 had her leapfrog West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor (376).

Perry has the second most runs in the tournament, with 366 from her seven matches, and is just six runs off leader Tammy Beaumont from England. Her five 50s are two more than any other player in the World Cup and she has taken nine wickets to date.

She also moved in to third place on the ODI batting rankings with a revised rating of 749 behind Australia captain Meg Lanning (779), whom many regard as the world's best player, and India captain Mithali Raj (774), whom Australia will face in the World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

As well as Perry's consistent form at the crease, moments in the field, like her incredible run out of South Africa's Trisha Chetty that was thrown in from deep in the outfield, are immeasurable but don't go unnoticed by her teammates.

"She's an outstanding performer. She's one of the best players in the world," said spin bowler Kristen Beams.

"In some ways it's not a surprise. I think she's been great with the bat and very good with the ball as well. It's really nice to see someone who can come in and bat and bang it in to the wicket and bowl short when we need her to. She's a big game player and I'm sure we'll see that again this week."

Australia takes on India in Derby on Thursday for a place in Sunday's World Cup final at Lord's.

It is expected Meg Lanning will return to the side after her second match resting an ongoing shoulder injury.

The inclusion of Lanning would mean the top three ODI batters will feature in the one match and bodes well for run-scoring with Raj and Lanning having both recorded centuries this World Cup and Raj also having made three 50s.

Australia's top order has been consistently strong throughout the tournament, only being bowled out once, but opener Beth Mooney said herself and Nicole Bolton enjoy knowing Perry can come in and go on with it if they need.

"Ellyse comes in and sort of takes the game away from everyone if we've set a good platform at the start and even if we haven't quite set the platform we would have liked," Mooney said, "it's nice to know she can come in and sort of consolidate a bit and everyone can move on from there."

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