Australian batting star says losing to England helped the team regroup and flesh out strategies better
"It's the exciting time of the tournament, obviously, having been a part of the last one in the West Indies,” said Alyssa Healy, the Australian batsman. “The hype around the semi-finals and finals is exciting. It’s nice to be back in Colombo, where obviously it’s buzzing all the time, so it’s quite exciting."
Healy, who has kept wickets for Australia in the past, said not being behind the stumps felt different. "It's a little bit different. I’ve been keeping all my life but I've been given an opportunity with the bat and I'm really enjoying it, being top of the order and having the new ball. I'm running around in the field, but really enjoying it,” said Healy.
Reflecting on the loss to England, Healy said the team felt it was a good loss to have faced early on in the tournament.
"Yeah, we kind of sat down and had a chat and thought it was probably a pretty good loss for us to have,” said Healy. “We were pretty much in control of the game right through it but then England took it away from us in the end and that's what Twenty20 cricket is all about, the momentum can swing pretty quickly. We were pretty pleased with majority of the game, obviously our batting was really good, so we took a lot of positives out of it."
She said if her team can build on the positives and tighten a few areas, it could give England a run for its money, hopefully in the finals. But first, obviously West Indies needs to be beaten in semis.