Smashing result for Healy’s fine legwork
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.
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.