Healy hits her sweep spot

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket - ELIZA SEWELL GE­ORGE­TOWN, GUYANA

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

Fall: Bowl­ing:

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.