Mid­dle-or­der move on for Healy

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT - — Brad Green­shields

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.


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