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‘I Know That I’m In A Good Place To Dig In And Make Some Important Runs’ – Alyssa Healy

A lean tournament is surely not a reason enough for a player like Alyssa Healy to cease her world-class performance for the Australian side. Although the player was able to contribute only a few runs throughout the series, she is now adamant about improving her performance and making an impressive comeback for the World Cup championship. Healy was named Australia’s ODI Player of the Year 2021, but she was able to contribute merely 56 runs throughout the series.

“I feel really good,” Alyssa Healy told reporters on Monday. “I think the best thing that could have happened was these two wickets being a little bit tricky. The English bowlers are really skilful, they’re using the seam really nicely and not one batter has really flourished in this ODI part of the series.”

“Beth Mooney made a beautiful knock in the first one-dayer, but it took her a long while to get going. And I think knowing that the wickets are a little bit tricky, and it’s hard to get started and hard to get going, making those tough runs early has been the best thing for me,” further added Alyssa Healy.

“It means that my shape’s really good, I’m getting in good positions to keep the really good balls out, and I think in my last two dismissals I have found a way to get myself out, which is sort of a weird tick of the box, if that makes any sense. I feel like with the conditions not being absolutely perfect for batting, it’s been a great test for me and a great test of exactly where things are at, so I’m actually really excited as to how things are tracking,” she again said.

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‘I think it’s going to give us great confidence’ – Alyssa Healy

Not being able to perform well during the Weber WBBL due to her elbow injury; third ODI game against England is her only opportunity to impress with the bat in hand before flying to New Zealand. Healy is sure to perform well and is ready to grind in order to return to her best form.

“If the wickets are similar, I know that I’m in a good place to dig in and make some important runs,” Alyssa Healy said. “But if the wickets are flat, I know I’m in a great place to hit the ball like I normally do. I’d love to be churning out hundreds or 50s or 60s and setting up big titles for the side, but I guess for me, and where I’m at and how I’m feeling, making a couple of 20s is a bit of a start. Hopefully, I can just cash in and go on one further whether that be tomorrow, or in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Although Australia was able to secure the series, it definitely was not an easy game. England did pose a great challenge, especially in the one-off Test game. They will also be quite adamant on giving their all for the last ODI game, in order to finish the tournament on a winning note.

“I think that’s probably the most pleasing thing for me personally … (we’ve) got ourselves out of a corner (and) we’ve won games that it hasn’t looked like we were going to win. The fact that we’re able to fight, scrap and work our way back into fixtures or win games with our backs against the wall has been really impressive. I think leading into a really big World Cup that is hugely important, and I think it’s going to give us great confidence knowing that we can back our skills under pressure and get the job done,” concluded Alyssa Healy.



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