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Healy toasts dominant Australia on profitable tour – ‘We had simply two and a half days of dangerous cricket’

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Two moments on the DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday summed up the ladies’s white-ball sequence between India and Australia.

The primary within the tenth over of the Indian innings. Alyssa Healy waited for Harmanpreet Kaur, on 3 off 5, to search for earlier than ringing within the area adjustments. Ellyse Perry was moved to her proper to deep backward sq. leg. Ashleigh Gardner was pushed again from the ring to deep midwicket. Harmanpreet had simply confronted a few dot balls – the primary on a shortish size, pushed in the direction of backward level, and the second on a great size exterior off that she defended in the direction of the off aspect.

Annabel Sutherland then slipped in a full ball on the fourth-stump line. Harmanpreet anticipated one other short-length ball and moved again and throughout early, and ended up chopping it onto her stumps. the outcome – her sixth single-digit rating throughout codecs within the sequence in opposition to Australia.

After which the second second, within the seventeenth over of Australia’s chase. Phoebe Litchfield, in after a double-strike from Pooja Vastrakar, was to face Shreyanka Patil for under her fourth ball. Spooked by her skills to hit behind the stumps, the 4 fielders India had on the boundary had been cover-point third, backward sq. leg and midwicket. It took no time for Litchfield to shimmy down and loft one over mid-off, after which once more to seek out the hole between mid-off and canopy. Finally, Australia acquired to their 148-run goal with eight balls unused.

After finishing their 2-1 T20I sequence win in opposition to India, Australia’s captain Healy lavished reward on Litchfield, who completed the white-ball leg with 344 runs at a median of 86.

“I used to be joking sitting on the bench that I bear in mind after I was that fearless while you come out and you’ve got misplaced two wickets in an over and play a ramp over the keeper for 4,” Healy mentioned. “Unbelievable expertise however on the similar time she has acquired a great head on her shoulders and has fitted in fantastically in our squad and can play a key position for us within the Bangladesh [T20] World Cup [2024] and the ODI World Cup [2025] in these circumstances within the subsequent 18 months. She is nice to observe and hopefully she goes to have an extended and profitable profession for Australia.”

Healy additionally threw her weight behind Harmanpreet, after India head coach Amol Muzumdar had dismissed considerations surrounding the captain’s kind by saying a kind droop “occurs to each cricketer”.

Harmanpreet started the T20Is in opposition to England with 26 off 21 earlier than two single-digit scores together with an unbeaten 6 within the third T20I win. She then scored 49 and 44 not out within the one-off Take a look at in opposition to the identical opposition earlier than returning single digits in every outing with the bat in opposition to Australia.

“She acquired out enjoying the sweep shot rather a lot, which she historically performs fairly effectively,” Healy mentioned. “It is likely to be right down to some kind. She has had most likely had two arduous sequence on the trot and this sequence has been an extended one. [We had] no particular plans in place, however we all know we should be switched on when she walks out to the crease and our bowlers did a fantastic job at maintaining her quiet.”

Healy and Harmanpreet had contrasting build-ups to the sequence and Healy, in her first tour as full-time captain, alluded to the completely different attitudes they’ve.

“[Harmanpreet and I] are two aggressive cricketers going on the market doing their job. We strategy it in a different way and that’s no disrespect to her, and that is over to her to take care of that. From my perspective there is no such thing as a animosity there. If I should be given a send-off, so be it. I’m all for it, as a result of on the finish of the day, I’m chirpy behind the stumps. In case you are keen to dish it out, you’ve got to have the ability to cop it.”

Whereas India gained the one-off Take a look at in opposition to Australia, they misplaced the ODI and T20I sequence comprehensively. Regardless of the outcome, Muzumdar mentioned that the Indian dressing room “a contented house” and was “proud” of the way in which they performed.

“No matter the outcome, we ought to be proud the way in which we performed all of the video games,” he mentioned. “Aside from the third ODI, all the opposite video games have been shut, so they need to be happy with what they’ve finished. The most important optimistic is the ladies have responded properly in all of the codecs, whether or not it was Take a look at cricket – we performed after 9 years in India. Not many had performed red-ball cricket until then. In white-ball cricket we actually must concentrate on our fielding and our health.

“For the time being it’s a blissful dressing room. I do know now we have not gotten the outcomes we’d have needed this sequence, however they’re in a contented house within the dressing room. That’s the way it ought to be and that’s how I intend it to be until the World Cup.”

Healy was additionally proud of the learnings from the sequence and mentioned Australia performed solely “two and a half days” of poor cricket on their half.

“I’m simply actually, actually happy with this group of individuals. We’re right here in India over a month that we’re historically at residence spending time with our households, and it’s the first time we’re away this time of the yr.

“The month that now we have been right here, now we have performed two and a half dangerous days of cricket – one and a half days within the Take a look at match and one T20 – and I’m actually happy with the group. Hopefully we are able to have a extremely profitable 2024 on the again of it.”

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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