When Alyssa Healy last played a game of cricket it was in front of 86,174 people, with millions more tuning in around the world. As she smashed 75 from 39 balls to the roar of the crowd and the team danced the night away with Katy Perry, it felt like a turning point. And then, of course, everything changed. Cricket in Australia was one of the less affected sports, but the national women’s team had a tour of South Africa postponed and players who were scheduled to take part in The Hundred found themselves spending winter at home. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Healy has enjoyed the unexpected downtime and says it has in some ways been a blessing in disguise for many players. “We’ve been flat-out for the last two to three years, so for us to be able to spend some time at home, it’s such a rare thing,” she says. The world’s second-ranked ODI batter is now back training with her team ahead of a spring series against New Zealand and the sixth season of the Women’s Big Bash League. But she has been able to put the time at home to good use, consulting with… Read full this story
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