HEALY WANTS MORE TESTS FOR WOMEN
Alyssa Healy hopes this summer proves another seminal moment for women’s cricket, having waited her entire career to play a nonAshes Test.
Australia and India, who clashed in front of an MCG crowd of 86,174 in the T20 World Cup final last year, start their multi-format series on Tuesday with the first of three ODIs in Mackay.
The rivals, having gone almost 16 years without playing a Test against each other, then square off in a day-night Test on the Gold Coast.
India’s powerful board often sets the agenda throughout world cricket, underlining the significance of this year’s reinvigorated support of women’s Tests that also included a red-ball match in England.
Healy, having represented Australia in 201 games, but only four of them Tests, is buoyed.
The wicketkeeper-batter admits it is a ‘‘pipe dream’’ to think her side could play a Test each home summer. but she will continue to actively push for it.
‘‘There’s no way I thought we’d ever play two Tests in a summer,’’ Healy said at Fox Cricket’s series launch.
‘‘Test matches are so much more special for us simply because we don’t play a lot of them and it is the pinnacle.
‘‘It’s great that the conversations are being had and we’d love to see a few more nations.
‘‘The boys have designated Test match timeslots every summer. I look at the Boxing Day Test.
‘‘I would love to see the same thing happen for us every summer.
‘‘Imagine November 1, Australia are (always) playing a pink-ball Test at North Sydney Oval against whatever the opposition might be.’’
Healy was likewise upbeat that a Test in India could be on the cards soon.
Lockdowns and state border closures mean the Australians, prior to training in Brisbane this week, haven’t come together as a squad since returning from New Zealand in April.
Australia’s most pressing challenge is extending its record 24-game winning streak in ODIs, but it has also started preparations for the day-night Test.
‘‘Fresh out of quarantine and the first net session we had was on a green, seaming wicket at Norths with the pink ball,’’ Healy said.
‘‘Wasn’t good for the morale of the batters.’’
Healy, who earned player-ofthe-match honours in the T20 World Cup final with a stunning knock of 75, wants to replicate Rohit Sharma’s approach to transferring limited-overs skills to the Test arena.
‘‘He is one of the most devastating white-ball batters in the world and yet he’s a really successful opener in Test cricket,’’ Healy said.