Alyssa Healy lit a fire ahead of Australia’s long-awaited series against India, saying there was an “unspoken rivalry” between the two nations.
To get an idea of the rivalry, you have to go back to 2017 when India knocked Australia out of the World Cup in the semi-finals while Harmanpreet Kaur broke the undefeated 171 with 115.
Their impressive sum of 4/281 proved too much, and Australia lost by 36 – a deficit that would have been far greater had it not been for the incredible 90 Alex Blackwell’s last tripod of 76 runs.
The demoralizing outing led Meg Lanning’s side back to the drawing board and was the inspiration for their future endeavors culminating in last year’s incredible T20 World Cup final ahead of a record 86,174 runs before the world closed because of Covid.
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That glorious night Healy (75 of 39), along with introductory partner Beth Mooney (78 * of 54), bet 115 for the introductory wicket to establish his 85-round losing streak.
As Healy recalled, she wished women’s sports could take advantage of their moment in the sun.
“I wish the world hadn’t closed at the time after that a week after that,” said the Australian star, gatekeeper, striker, speaking at the opening of the women’s cricket summer hosted by Fox Sports.
For the first time Down Under, the two nations will play a multi-format series in which each match in three game formats counts for the overall winner.
It’s a whole new concept that India has had experience with recently, and their series against England boils down to the last T20 game.
Last year’s final – the last time the two met in any form of cricket – set the tone for the spicy series, which begins with the first of three one-day national teams on September 21 in Mackay, followed by a historic test and ends with three more T20s.
“It’s no secret that the 2017 World Cup changed us as a group, it also changed the direction of the team,” Healy said.
“It is no surprise that India has done this for us.
“We’ve had these insidious little battles in the last five or six years and there have been some amazing shows and a lot of weird games, so it’s no wonder we have this boiling competition and a bit of rivalry. .
“Something is unsaid, but it definitely exists.
“We know they like to inflate while playing with Australia and they have proven they can go out and perform.
“Obviously the 2017 World Cup is what it is, but it’s almost a great thing that it happened from a perspective, look at our national team since then, we’ve changed the way we approach the game and we’ve been playing great cricket since.”
While Australia is the favorite and will release some of its Generation Next players lacking experienced duo Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen, India will like their chances, especially at the gates who are not expected to have much of a pace.
In particular, spinner Poonam Yadev will lick her lips to drive some of the Australian hitters crazy, with her 4-19 during the World Cup pool phase still fresh in the minds of the home side.
“She was great in the first game against Australia and I saw her find rhythm in the last two T20s we played against India, so hopefully she will be able to do the same thing she did in the first game,” said Indian opener Smriti Mandhana. for Fox Cricket.