While Alyssa Healy might have been a big loss during Australia’s recently concluded three-match T20I series against Pakistan, her impact on the team would be a big factor for the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. The right-handed opener has confirmed that she will be fit for the opener, recovering fully from the injury that she suffered last year, against India.
"I'm feeling really good, ticking all the boxes. I'll be definitely right to go for that first game and hopefully get some [warm-up] games in before then,” Healy told AAP.
Prior to this injury, there weren’t a lot of occasion where the wicketkeeper-batter was ruled out with injuries. Reflecting on the time away from the game, Healy stated that she “hated” every minute.
"I've absolutely hated every minute," she said. "I hated watching the cricket on the TV; I couldn't be a part of any of the cricket. It's a lesson for me to make sure I'm looking after myself moving forward if I want to be a part of stuff."
The focus on women’s cricket has naturally gravitated towards the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which seems to be a stepping stone for the cricketers, at least in the monetary terms. Healy revealed that she wasted no time in registering herself for the competition.
"I registered basically the day after that news came out just to make sure I got in there on time," she said. I'd love to be a part of it. If I'm not, so be it, [but] I just think the whole experience is going to be amazing for the players to get to go and be a part of that.
"I sat there at Chinnaswamy Stadium for the first-ever men's IPL game so the opportunity to sit at the first women's one would be a really nice moment."