Ded­i­cated Healy reap­ing the re­wards for ‘work­ing her butt off’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUMMER OF CRICKET - EL­IZA SEWELL

ALYSSA Healy has been work­ing her back­side off.

Af­ter mak­ing her Aus­tralian de­but as a 20-year-old in 2010, the vet­eran of Aus­tralia’s women’s team is at the top of her game. But it’s by no ac­ci­dent. She has re-worked her game, trained harder for longer and learnt 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.’’

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 in the 2016 World T20 scored just 54 runs from six in­nings.

She also had a hand in four wick­ets. 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, 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 work­ing my butt off ever since get­ting here.”

Alyssa Healy hits hard against Pak­istan.

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