“I have driven all the bowlers a little aggro over the last two weeks trying a few things. We will have to wait and see if they come out in a game … the ultimate goal in cricket is to be able to play 360 [degrees],” Healy said on Tuesday.
“For me, there are some areas I am not quite hitting. I have been trying a few things to see if I can get the ball there. You will have to wait and see if they come out in this series. If not, they will definitely come out in the WBBL.”
In 112 Twenty20 internationals, the wicketkeeper-batter averages 25.43 (one century) at a phenomenal strike rate of 132.05, while in 73 one-day internationals, she averages 32.11 (three centuries) at more than a run a ball. She is ranked the No.2 ODI batter in the world by the ICC and No.5 in Twenty20 cricket.
“I, obviously, made some technical changes a few years ago and they paid off beautifully but you never want to be standing still as a cricketer,” Healy said.
This Australian side has claimed several titles, but none bigger in the public psyche than their famous win over India at the MCG. It was a moment Cricket Australia had hoped would forge a lasting legacy but that was soon tempered by the pandemic. But with the new season approaching, the Australians hope to regain the momentum they had generated.
“It would have been amazing to have another series straight after the World Cup to see what we could do and what we could build again for cricket in this country but I guess there is no greater test for us in a series than with New Zealand, in particular at the moment, so it’s going to be a great series to watch and a great series to be part of,” Healy said.
“Everyone here is doing exactly the right thing to make sure this series goes ahead and we do everything we can to show everyone we can play cricket here in this country safely and look after ourselves and the greater society as well.”
Seven West Media and Foxtel, are seeking a cut in their rights fees, but Healy didn’t want to buy into the debate.
She again made it clear she was disappointed there were unlikely to be any Indian players in the Women’s Big Bash League this summer because of the Board of Control for India’s decision to schedule its own women’s Twenty20 tournament at the same time in the United Arab Emirates.
All-rounder Ellyse Perry has a “whopping great scar” having had hamstring surgery but is eying a return to action, having hurt herself during the Word Cup and missed the final.
Squads: Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa.
New Zealand squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Natalie Dodd, Deanna Doughty, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jenson, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.
September 26: First T20
September 27: Second T20
September 30: Third T20
October 3: First ODI
October 5: Second ODI
October 7: Third ODI
* All matches to be held at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.