Australia’s stand-in captain Alyssa Healy is excited to lead the team in a five-match T20I series in India, a country that holds a special place for her as she scored her maiden international century here four years ago.
The wicketkeeper, who also opens the batting, hit his maiden international hundred during Australia’s 2018 tour of India when he scored 133 off 115 balls in a 97-run win in the third ODI in Vadodara.
“It’s a great place to visit. For me personally, it’s good to be back here. The place holds good memories; first hundreds will last a lifetime,” Healy said ahead of the first match of the five-match T20 International series here. said in the evening.
T20 countdown will start from the series for both the teams World Cup in South Africa in February next year.
In their last meeting, Australia defeated India On her way to the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham.
“I am really excited to play against a good team. It’s great to be back, it’s been a long time since we’ve been here. It’s exciting for me as captain,” said Healy, who took over after regular skipper Meg Lanning took an indefinite personal break.
He said, “Obviously we are aware of the danger of their (India) power so it is also good for cricket. We know we’re in for a fight.”
Captaincy is an added responsibility, but she is thoroughly enjoying it.
“It is an added challenge, opening, wicket-keeping and captaincy. But I love high pressure positions, it’s all about managing the workload. I am lucky that I have good leaders whom I can trust. I have no ego when it comes to leadership.”
Healy also spoke about talented youngster Shafali Verma, who will lead the India U-19 team in the inaugural U-19 World Cup in South Africa next month.
Both Shafali and Richa Ghosh, who are also part of the senior team, will join the Under-19 camp ahead of the World Cup and will be unavailable for the entire series against Australia.
Healy believes that his presence will help the younger players. Both of them have been with the senior India team for some time and have featured in ICC events.
“Some of these young players will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with players who have already played the international game at the top level,” Healy said.
“If you are stacking your U-19 team with your full strength, then it can be an issue, but from my point of view, having Shafali and Richa Ghosh is only going to do wonders for the young players who are going to Coming in and they can put their mind to what works well, what doesn’t in international cricket and that’s a great thing.”