Record-breaking wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy says the Aussie world champions hold a psychological edge over rivals after yet another series-clinching Twenty20 international win.
Healy has the most ‘keeper dismissals in T20I history, leapfrogging Indian great MS Dhoni by taking her tally to 92 in Australia’s eight wicket victory over New Zealand in Brisbane on Sunday.
But Healy‘s focus was solely on team success after Australia claimed their three-match T20I series against the White Ferns at Allan Border Field with one game still left on Wednesday.
And no wonder – five-time world champions Australia have now won 10 straight T20I series overall to ensure they remain unbeaten in the fickle format since late 2017.
Remarkably they have won 33 of 39 games in that period.
Asked if she felt Australia now had a mental edge over rivals, Healy said: “I’d like to think so.
“We really pride ourselves with cricket in this country that we just know how to win and when our backs are against the wall we find ways to win games of cricket.
“I guess it is some sort of psychological edge. But at the same time our skills are fantastic at the moment and we’re really backing our ability to deliver when need be, so it’s a nice mix.”
Australia have dramatically reversed their form after at one stage enduring a two-and-a-half year period without a T20I series win.
They have kept their Midas touch in the series against New Zealand in Brisbane, which marked their first outing since their famous T20 World Cup win at a packed MCG in March.
“T20 cricket is so hard to be consistent at and for this team to have won 10 T20 series on the trot, it’s remarkable,” Healy said.
“It’s a great shift for us. I do remember that time when we couldn’t win a T20 series.
“It (10 straight wins) is a really fantastic record and we should be really proud of it.”
Healy personally also had plenty to be proud of after overtaking Dhoni to claim the T20 ‘keeper dismissals record – much to her surprise.
“I had no idea about it. I was wondering why I was being asked about MS Dhoni,” Healy laughed.
“It‘s obviously a very nice individual accolade but honestly it reflects better on our bowling attack than myself.”
Healy leapfrogged Dhoni (91 scalps in 98 T20Is) with a stumping and catch on Sunday – both contentious calls.
But there were no doubts over Australia‘s dominance on Sunday.
Healy thrashed five fours and a six in her 17-ball 33 as Australia raced to 50 in the fifth over.
Captain Meg Lanning (26 not out) and her deputy Rachael Haynes (40 not out) steered the hosts home in an unbroken 65-run stand.