Although her 61-ball 148 helped set up Australia complete a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the T20I series, Alyssa Healy is more pleased with the all-round display her team put up. Australia have won 23 of their last 26 T20 games as they prepare for a World Cup at home, starting in February 2020.
With her 148, Healy broke the record set by her skipper Meg Lanning and helped Australia post 226 — equaling their highest team total in the format. In reply, the visitors never really had a shot, as they limped along to 94 for 7 from their 20 overs, finishing 132 runs short and ending up on the wrong side of a whitewash.
"More pleasing than that (the 3-0 whitewash), the last two games were really complete performances. We obviously batted really well, but I think our bowling and our fielding were really complete. That's the sort of cricket we want to be playing all the time. It's giving us great confidence," Healy was quoted saying by Cricbuzz.
Adding the whitewash of West Indies in September last year, the Aussie women have been in some phenomenal form in the shortest format of the game leading up the World Cup.
"Thinking about it on the calendar, after that World Cup, sitting down in a change room and reflecting on what's gone on in the last two years for this group, is going to be really special," Healy said.
"We keep talking about it, that it's building up to this World Cup and it'll culminate there. Hopefully, we can sit there in a successful change room and reflect on what we've done," she continued.
However, with the Women’s Big Bash League coming before the World Cup, the wicket-keeper batsman believes that it could provide a platform for some players to make the national team.
"A hundred per cent, there's probably eight or nine players that are going to be really raring to get in the WBBL and looking to force their way into this side. I think this WBBL is going to be really, really exciting, knowing there's a really big carrot dangling at the end of the summer for a lot of people. So look out for some big scores and some big-wicket hauls," Healy concluded.