All-rounder Perry scored a career-best 90 from 95 balls in the one-day match at Bellerive, helping Australia chase down 268 with three balls to spare at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.
A win for England would have secured the series for the visitors, but Perry and bowler Erin Osborne, who scored a brisk 40 from 25 in their 70-run partnership, had other ideas.
The Southern Stars still need to win all three Twenty20 games to win the trophy lost in England in 2013.
Australia were set a mountain of a task when England finished their 50 overs just four wickets down but the chase began positively with openers Nicole Bolton (31 from 54) and Meg Lanning (40 from 30) putting on 57.
Jess Cameron fell for 5 from an unlucky run out that clipped the bowler’s fingers, before Alex Blackwell (51) and Perry combined for 88 to restore some order. When Blackwell was bowled Australia lost 3-30 but Perry kept her cool and Osborne unleashed.
England Test in this series, worth six points, and claimed another two points in the opening ODI of the series. Australia have four points after winning the other two ODIs, with six points up for grabs in the three remaining Twenty20s.
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