Australia batter Alyssa Healy, in the middle of a rich run of form, has admitted to having taken the rigours of a packed schedule in her stride.
Healy is currently starring for Australia on their Caribbean tour; it follows a taxing all-format Ashes series in July, which was succeeded by her stint with Yorkshire Diamonds in the Women’s Cricket Super League.
And while she acknowledges the need to manage players' downtime, Healy said that stretching herself to go the extra mile has helped her batting form.
"I think it's becoming more and more important for us [to manage our downtime]," she told reporters on Monday, 16 September. "We're learning on our feet how to be professional cricketers and playing around the world quite frequently, but the girls are getting a lot better at managing their downtime.
"I'm [feeling] good, it helps when you can laze around on the beach all day and drink some mocktails. I'm enjoying my time here, it's been a busy couple of months but I made that decision to play the extra cricket and I think it's benefited me.
"Hopefully it will [continue] long term."
5️⃣ in 5️⃣ wins for Australia Women on the Caribbean tour 🎉— ICC (@ICC) September 17, 2019
Alyssa Healy leads the visitors to a nine-wicket victory with 58* in the 2nd T20I after bowlers restrict West Indies Women to 97/9.
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Healy's run-making march continued with an unbeaten 58 at Bridgetown, in Australia's nine-wicket win in the second T20I against West Indies. Prior to the T20I series, she had racked up five fifty-plus scores in her last six ODI innings, including a century against West Indies in the first game of the limited-overs series.
It was an extension of her love affair with the Caribbean; last year, during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, she tallied 225 runs in five innings, topping the tournament's batting charts.
However, Healy was not convinced by her latest T20I returns, despite creaming 10 boundaries at a strike-rate of 134.88 in her 43-ball blitz.
"It felt very ugly, let me tell you," she said. "It was one of the more ugly innings that I'll have, but to get a win, that's what really matters and hopefully we get a nice true wicket in a couple of days' time and we can make a big total if need be."
Post the West Indies series, Healy and her teammates will have only about a week to catch a breather, with Sri Lanka visiting to play three T20Is and as many ODIs. She added, "I’m looking forward to finishing this series and getting home and getting stuck into the Sri Lanka series."
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