Australian opener Alyssa Healy wants to unveil a new bag of tricks as the World Champions finally get to strut their stuff again six months after their epic MCG win.
The Aussies will take on New Zealand in six white-ball games, all in Brisbane, starting on Saturday, the first international cricket in Australia since the COVID-19 shutdown.
It also comes amid angst-riddled ongoing talks between Cricket Australia and Channel 7 after the broadcaster threatened to walk away from a deal which has four years to run.
Healy refused to get involved in that stoush, and with all tickets for the three T20 games at Allan Border field, which will have a reduced capacity with spectators following strict protocols, sold out, the impact of the World Cup win in March lives on.
“And I don’t think any of my family even bought those tickets, usually there’s 50-odd Healys on the hill,” Healy said on Tuesday.
“It would have been amazing to have another series right after the World Cup but … it‘s almost like we’re kicking off right where we left off.”
Superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry could make her return from a serious hamstring injury which required surgery, left a “whopping scar” according to Healy, and forced her to miss the World Cup triumph over India.
“It was a surprise to most of us that she was here (in Brisbane) knowing the severity of the injury and seeing the whopping scar she’s got on her hamstring,” Healy said
The last remaining members of the Australian squad flew this week to Brisbane, where the Kiwis had to serve 14 days quarantine on arrival.
Healy, player of the match in the World Cup final, blasting 75 from 39 balls in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG, has used the time between games to upskill in a bid to take her batting to another level.
“I did sit down after celebrating for a month with my batting coach and discussed a few things to work on,” she said.
“So you might see some new, different things in this series.
“I don‘t want to give away too many secrets to the Kiwis, but I’ve been preparing for a few things in particular … so stay tuned.
“The ultimate goal in cricket is to be able to play 360 (degrees), and there‘s some areas I’m not quite hitting.
“So I‘ve been trying a few things to see if I can get the ball there, so you will have to see if they come out.”
Healy knows she may not see husband Mitch Starc much this summer, potentially even at Christmas, as the nature of both playing out of bubbles becomes real.
“But cricket comes first. As long as I can see him on the TV doing his stuff, that’s OK,” she said.