Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, has said that having squad depth is "a great sign" for the side and believes that healthy competition is key to prolonged success in elite cricket.
The next three years in women's cricket will see as many World Cups: ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020, ICC Women's ODI World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and a T20 World Cup once again in South Africa in 2022.
Perry believes that the influx of talented cricketers into and around the Australian squad will only help them at these high-intensity events. "It's a really good sign," Perry said on Sunday, 24 February.
"It's crucial for us as a team going forward and wanting to be successful that we keep building the depth within our squad and we've really got that now. There's so much competition for spots and the people we're leaving out on the sidelines in this series and not in the squad, they're all great cricketers.
"That's a really big strength of ours at the moment and in terms of [maintaining an] advantage over the other teams in the world, it's something we need to keep solidifying."
IPL is probably the next step for women's game in the T20 format
Australia have had phenomenal success over the last 12 months: they won the bilateral series against India, Pakistan and New Zealand, claimed the T20 series against India and England, and also emerged victorious in the ICC Women's World T20 2018 in the Caribbean islands. They now have taken an unassailable lead in the Rose Bowl one-day internationals against New Zealand, going up 2-0 in the three-match series.
Alyssa Healy, the Australia wicket-keeper, remains focused on the final game of the series, nonetheless. "3-0 is definitely on the mind," she told reporters on Wednesday. "It's always a tough contest for the Rose Bowl. The last few times that we have played it, we actually lost the first game and had to come back to win it. To be 2-0 up is a great reflection. Hopefully, we can cap off an amazing summer by winning the game on Sunday."
Healy, who was adjudged the Player of the Tournament at the Women's World T20 2018, has been in splendid form over the last 12 months. "Personally, it has been very pleasing. I will take a lot of confidence out of it," she said.
"Will probably sit down after we start our leave period, maybe have a beer or two and reflect on what it's been like and what I did to get there. Hopefully, I can reenact that for the next 12 months."
Reports in India suggest that the BCCI has been planning to slot exhibition games for three women's teams during the knockout stages of IPL 2019. The Australia opener believes that an Indian Premier League is the "next step" for the women's game in the T20 format.
When asked if she would participate in the games, Healy said, "100 per cent! That would be fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience last year – heading over there for a few days and playing that exhibition game. It is probably the next step for women's game in the T20 format. I'm sure a lot of girls will be willing to stick their hand up for that."
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