Australian opening batter Alyssa Healy is all set to feature in the upcoming multi-format series against India, comprising three ODIs, a one-off Day-Night Test and three T20 Internationals (T20Is) starting September 21. Speaking ahead of the game, Healy expressed that she looks up to Indian Men’s Team opener Rohit Sharma to emulate his style to achieve success across all three formats.
The two teams are going to play a pink-ball day-night Test for the first time against each other, which poses to be a challenge for the two teams, firstly due to the game being played at an unknown venue, and secondly, due to the lack of Test cricket experience because of the rarity of Test games in women’s cricket. Healy herself has featured in only four Tests since her debut in the international circuit in 2010.
The match will be staged at the Metricon Stadium, a venue the condition of which is new to both the teams. they will get only two training sessions before the game to adapt to the conditions.
“It’s a tricky one because I’ve only played four Tests so I wouldn’t say I’m overly comfortable with how to play or how to approach a Test,” Healy said at a Fox Cricket launch on Wednesday.
“I look at the modern Test game and see how it’s changed quite a lot. I watch a lot of the men’s cricket and I look at someone like Rohit Sharma, who is one of the most devastating white-ball batters in the world and yet he’s a really successful opener in Test cricket.
“So for me, I said look at somebody like him and think about how he translates those skills across all the formats, could I potentially replicate that somehow?”
Alyssa Healy, who last played a game against India in the T20 World Cup final in March last year for which she was named the Player of the Match, spoke about her experience of playing against the team.
“I do have some good memories playing against India, I’ve got some not-so-great memories as well … I’ve got confidence, and my cricket has changed a lot since that hundred that I finally made,” Healy said.
“But (India) have changed a lot since then as well and they just keep throwing new things at us that we haven’t seen, so I’ve no doubt they’re going to do that again.
“I’m really looking forward to (this series), it’s been a long time since we’ve played competitive cricket.”
Australia will be playing an intra-squad warm-up match in Brisbane on Thursday, ahead of a practise match against India on Saturday.
India women vs Australia women: Australia squad
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Sep 21: First ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 24: Second ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (D/N)
Sep 26: Third ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 30 – Oct 3: Test match, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (D/N)
Oct 7: First T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Oct 9: Second T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Oct 10: Third T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
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