ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022: Amazing to see what Alyssa Healy did, says Ellyse Perry

Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry on Sunday said it was wonderful to watch wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy slam her scintillating 170 runs.

Healy hit a 138-ball 170, including 26 fours in the final against England at the Hagley Oval, leading Australia to a 71-run victory and their seventh World Cup trophy.

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“They are unique (others win the World Cup) but today was an amazing day. It was amazing to see what he did for Midge (Healy). We had an amazing crowd and it’s been a great tournament for the game. The teams they’ve played have competed so hard, there have been some amazing contests and the way we did for Australia was just awesome,” Perry said after the match.

Perry was a big suspect for the title clash as she was ruled out due to back cramps in Australia’s last two matches against Bangladesh and the semi-final against West Indies. But Perry was fit in time to replace fellow all-rounder Annabel Sutherland in the playing XI for the final. Perry was quick to express his gratitude to the medical professionals along with the team for being fit in time for the finals.

“It was pretty close at the end (making the final). Many thanks to our medical staff over the last 10 days for helping me get there. It’s as hard as anyone had to miss and Annabel is a very good friend of mine and disappointed that she was the one. From a personal point of view, it was wonderful to be involved.”

Though Perry hit some boundaries in the end and took Australia past 350, he was denied a chance to bowl as he recovered from a back spasm. He didn’t mind, but signed off saying that the change in mental attitude after their 2017 ODI World Cup semi-final exit changed Australia for good.

“I marked my run-up when we got on the field but I definitely didn’t need to. I think there has been a change in the attitude of taking the game forward all the time and dealing with pressure along the way. That’s the mindset that’s been a huge change from the 2017 World Cup which has been impressive.”

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