Healy hits her sweep spot
ALYSSA Healy has been working her backside off.
After making her Australian debut as a 20-year-old in 2010, the veteran of this talented Australian women’s team is at the top of her game.
But it’s not by accident. She has reworked her game, trained harder for longer and learned from the past.
“I think I’m a better player now than what I was 12 months ago,” Healy said.
“I think I went away actually after the 50-over World Cup (last year), there was a game against England in the round games, and we probably should have won that at the end of the day and we didn’t.
“And I went back and looked at the innings that I played and realised there was a big area … that I wasn’t accessing and if I had accessed that, potentially we would have won that round game and we would have been in the finals.
“For me it was a real eye-opener and I went away and worked really hard and developed a sweep shot … (it) opened up a whole other area of the ground.
“It’s just allowed me to manipulate fields a little bit more and then I can just trust my swing down over cover or down the ground.”
The Sydneysider blasted 48 runs off 29 balls to deliver Australia its first win of the World T20 in Georgetown, Guyana, yesterday.
She whacked a six down the ground in the first over and smashed fours to all parts of the field.
It was a clinical performance by a player who scored just 54 runs from six innings at the 2016 World T20.
She also had a hand in the fall of four wickets because of her work behind the stumps.
Already one of the world’s best wicketkeepers, Healy hasn’t been content. That’s where her behind comes in.
“Bum down,” she said with a laugh when asked what she’d been working on.
“I wasn’t using my legs enough. I was getting a little bit lazy.
“So for me it’s just getting my legs back into the game and getting in strong positions and being able to stay low, and I guess keep in these sort of tricky conditions is going to be really important.
“I’ve been pretty poor behind the stumps the last couple of months.
“(I’ve) been working my butt off ever since getting here to the West Indies.” And we can see that. Australia plays Ireland in its second pool game at 7am tomorrow. Zafar Nahida Sohail Bismah Javeria Dar Riaz Mir Sidra Sundhu Extras Overs: 2 9 20 26 9 4 1 20 13 0 Fall: 2, 27, 31, 64, 72, 74, 78, 113. Bowling: Schutt 4-0-13-2, Molineux 4-0-21-1, Perry 10-12-0, Kimmince 4-0-21-1, Wareham 3-0-18-2, Gardner 4-0-23-1. Overs: 20.
Healy Mooney Lanning Gardner Villani Haynes Perry Extras Alyssa Healy stumps Nida Dar in Guyana yesterday. She made 48 earlier (inset). Picture: GETTY IMAGES 48 48 41 13 7 1 6