Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy believes winning the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 completes the final piece of the puzzle of her team’s quest to become the best in the world.
Healy was the star of the final against England at the almost completely filled Hagley Oval, hitting a brilliant 170 off 138 balls studded with 26 fours as Australia posted a mammoth 356/5 and eventually won the final by 71 runs .
The seventh World Cup trophy also completes the redemption cycle undertaken by Australia when they suffered a shocking defeat by India in the semi-finals of the 2017 edition in Derby.
“I don’t think relief is the right word. I think it’s just pride. I’m so proud of this group that I use the word reinvent, but whatever word you want to use, we’re a team.” I came together and said: ‘That’s how we want to play our cricket from now on and we’re going to be the best team in the world,’ Healy said in a post-match virtual press conference.
“To all 15 guys on our squad – and to the girls outside the squad that have come in and contributed to being able to join in, that has been incredible. I think it’s me (Captain Meg Lanning) ) and the culture created by the woman sitting next to Rach (vice-captain Rachel Haynes) and Motty (head coach Matthew Mott).”
“I’m really proud of this group for what we’ve done over the past five years and I think we have on our hands the last little piece of the trophy puzzle that needs to happen,” Healy said. ‘Player of the Match’ as well as ‘Player of the Tournament’.
Healy’s 170 was his second consecutive century in the tournament, after 129 against West Indies in the semi-finals. It was her third major in ICC events, starting with a 39-ball 75 against India in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final in Melbourne in March 2020. Healy credits being brave with the bat for stepping up to the big opportunity. Of which they are ‘proud’.
“You have to be brave to come out in situations like this so that you can play your game, you know the opposition are going to work really hard on you, they want to take your wicket early, and you have to be brave.” And my skills back. So, personally I’m really proud of it. I still don’t think I’m a big game player. So tone it down. But I think you just need to be able to do that. Gotta be brave. That’s why I’m trying to be.”
During his knock, Healy took out the scoop three times and got a boundary. Asked about unveiling the shot to shatter England, Healy said, “It was great. It’s something I’ve tried to bring a little bit more into my game over the past few seasons and it’s really good.” Happening. They’ve always been nice, don’t get me wrong.”
“But they are getting really skilled and being able to close certain parts of the field. As a batsman, you really have to keep developing your game and continue to open up all areas of the field. Otherwise you get a bit stuck. So, it was nice to see him come out today.”