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Aus vs Eng, Women’s World Cup Final

Ellyse Perry is on track to avoid a second heartbreak in the World Cup final and take her place in Sunday’s showpiece as a specialist batsman against England.

Perry has missed Australia’s last two matches in New Zealand with a back problem and endured two tough training sessions in Christchurch ahead of the final.

Captain Meg Lanning reported that Perry passed the fitness test well, and the only hurdle now is how she recovers from the race.

“We think we’ll have a full squad to choose from,” Lanning said. “Ellyse went through a pretty tough, high intensity session yesterday and she trained again today and is feeling pretty good.

“It’ll just depend on how she pulls off this afternoon…at this point, it’s looking pretty good.”

Perry was unable to make the T20 World Cup semi-final or final in Australia on home soil two years ago after suffering a hamstring injury during the group stage.

She hasn’t played in a match or in the net since pulling out of her three-way spell against South Africa 12 days ago. But with a batting average of nearly 50 in the one-day format, Lanning said she wouldn’t hesitate to pick the 31-year-old purely as a hitter.

“She can definitely play as a specialist bat and that’s probably the most likely scenario,” she said. “She hasn’t bowled for a few weeks now and it would have been difficult for her to make a final if she hadn’t.”

The coaches will make a final decision on Saturday afternoon rather than leaving it until the morning of the final so the players can prepare.

Perry’s likely selection could mean Annabel Sutherland misses the final. Sutherland played this tournament six times, taking three wickets at 38.66 and batting twice for 48 runs without being dismissed. The most likely selection means Lanning will have six bowlers at his disposal rather than his favorite seven.

“Six is ​​definitely enough,” insisted Lanning. “Seven is a bit of a luxury in case you need to opt for different options.

“Throughout the tournament there have been times when someone hasn’t bowled at all. We have six very good bowlers that we welcome into this match and we have full confidence that they will be able to make the work.”