Aussie mum among runs with first Test ton
AUSTRALIA'S Sarah Elliott wanted to prove a couple of things in the one-off Test in the women's Ashes series against England last month.
After being selected for only the four-day fixture, and not included in the squad for the three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s that followed in the limited-overs series, Elliott was determined to make the most of her chance to bat at No.3.
There was no way she was going to travel halfway around the world to get out first ball - neither was she going to let breastfeeding her nine-month-old son Sam prevent her from playing for her country.
The 31-year-old Victorian representative achieved what she set out to do, and did it in style, batting her way into the history books by becoming the first Australian mother to score a Test century (104).
Elliott, the only member of the Test side not under contract with Cricket Australia, scored her maiden century in the drawn Test at Wormsley to join fellow mums, the English pair of Enid Bakewell and Laura Newton, as the only women to achieve the feat.
It marked a triumphant return to the international arena for Elliott in what was her first game since her match-winning 81 not out when Australia regained the Ashes in Sydney in 2011, her only previous Test appearance.
That took her average to an impressive 65.33 but Elliott, who said she was back in the gym just six weeks after giving birth to her son, said she was not done yet.
She is determined to help Australia regain the Ashes on home soil next January after England won the point-based, multi-format series by a convincing 12-4 margin.
Elliott also said she was happy to have proved she could juggle batting for her country with parenthood.
"Hopefully he (Sam) will be sleeping through the night by then," said Elliott, who admitted she had got up to give him a "quick" feed four times during the night after finishing the day at 95 not out.
"I was really tired for sure but I was determined to make the most of what might be my only opportunity to score a Test century.
"When I got pregnant it was a little bit earlier than what I thought but I still thought I had a couple of years in me and I am so determined to prove that I have."
"Watching the Ashes slip away was a horrible feeling - I know we all want to right that."