Hard work pay­ing off for Healy

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ELIZA SEWELL

ALYSSA Healy has work­ing her back­side off.

Af­ter mak­ing her Aus­tralian de­but as a 20-year-old in 2010, the now vet­eran of Aus­tralia’s women’s team is at the top of her game.

But it’s no ac­ci­dent. She has made ad­just­ments to 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 been 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 eye­opener and I went away and worked re­ally hard and de­vel­oped a sweep shot.’’

The Syd­ney-sider 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 in the 2016 World T20 scored just 54 runs from six in­nings.

She also had a hand in four wick­ets be­cause of her work be­hind the stumps.

“Bum down,” she said with a laugh when asked what she’d been work­ing on. HARMANPREET Kaur has be­come the first In­dian woman to hit a cen­tury in an in­ter­na­tional Twenty20, help­ing her side to a 34-run win over New Zealand in the World T20 opener.

A year af­ter knock­ing Aus­tralia out of the one-day World Cup with a blis­ter­ing 171, Kaur whacked an un­beaten 103 off 51 balls against the White Ferns in Guyana.

The knock in­cluded eight sixes, one more than the In­di­ans hit as a team in the last World T20 at home in 2016.

Bat­ting first, Kaur com­bined with Jemimah Ro­drigues (59 from 45) in a 144-run fourth-wicket stand to help In­dia to 5-194 from its 20 overs.

In re­ply, Suzie Bates hit 67 off 50 balls as New Zealand reached 9-160.

The win puts In­dia at the top of Group B along­side Aus­tralia, with that side and New Zealand likely to vie for the top two spots in the pool to reach the semi-fi­nals.

CLIN­I­CAL: Alyssa Healy.

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