Hard work paying off for Healy
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.