Smash­ing re­sult for Healy’s fine leg­work

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - EL­IZA SEWELL GE­ORGE­TOWN, GUYANA

ALYSSA Healy has work­ing her back­side off.

Af­ter mak­ing her Aus­tralian de­but as a 20-year-old in 2010, the now vet­eran of Aus­tralia’s women’s team is at the top of her game.

But it’s by no ac­ci­dent. She has re­worked her game, trained harder for longer and learned 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 been 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 eye­opener and I went away and worked re­ally hard and de­vel­oped a sweep shot … (it) opened up a whole other area of the ground.’’

The Syd­ney-sider blasted 48 runs off 29 balls to de­liver Aus­tralia its first win of the World T20 in Ge­orge­town, Guyana, yes­ter­day.

She thumped 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 be­cause of her work be­hind the stumps.

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 had 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 pretty poor be­hind the stumps the last cou­ple of months.

“(I’ve) been work­ing my butt off ever since get­ting here to the West Indies.” And we can see that. Aus­tralia will play Ire­land in its sec­ond pool game to­mor­row at 6.30am.

Pic­ture: JAN KRUGER/ GETTY

FAST GLOVE­WORK: Pak­istan’s Nida Dar is stumped by Alyssa Healy in the Aussies’ open­ing women’s T20 World Cup win.

ON AT­TACK: Alyssa Healy dur­ing her knock of 48.

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