Middle-order move on for Healy
CRICKET: The move of wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy to the top of the order will be put on the back burner for the historic day-night Test.
Healy has been the leading run scorer in the three ODIs played so far in the Women’s Ashes series but Australian head coach Matthew Mott said a different pair would likely face the new pink ball at North Sydney starting November 9.
“She’s a player that will obviously put her hand up but I think looking at our team balance it’s probably more likely the middle order,” Mott said.
Healy (pictured) admits she’s happy to bat wherever but still has an eye on facing the new ball and will try to use next week’s three-day game against an ACT side in Canberra to push her claims.
“Traditionally the keeper is down the order in a Test match and I’d be more than happy with that,” she said.
“From my point of view I’ve still got to fight in this three-day game to retain a spot in that Test match side.”
England clinched a 20-run win in Coffs on Sunday, but Australia still leads the Ashes following their wins in the opening two ODIs.