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