Alyssa Healy, Australia's wicketkeeper-batter, is currently going through a lean patch. In the ongoing tri-series involving England and India, Healy is yet to reach double figures. With scores of nine, one, zero and one, the right-hander has each time been dismissed inside the power play.
The 29-year-old is the first one to admit that she has not found her groove after the Christmas break. Before that Healy scored 372 runs in the T20Is, which included a blistering 148 not out against Sri Lanka at the North Sydney Oval.
"It's not ideal, I want to be making a few more runs than what I am, but I actually felt really good going out to bat against England on Sunday, it just didn't come off like I wanted it," Healy, who was adjudged the ODI and T20I player of the year in the Australian Cricket Awards, told cricket.com.au on Monday .
"But it was the first time I felt really comfortable out there, so hopefully that's a good sign heading into the next few weeks. After a few weeks off I was feeling a little rusty."
Healy's slump in form has not hampered her wicketkeeping and her chirpiness behind the stumps. Her glovework came to fore when she took a brilliant catch off the bowling of Megan Schutt.
"One of my roles is to get the team up and about and to buzz about no matter how my form is, so it's nice to do that," Healy said. "To contribute with the gloves as well, that's an important part of my role, so to be able to do that will hopefully give me confidence with the bat."
The last time Healy scored four consecutive single-digit scores was way back in 2013, when she was playing in the middle order. Post-2017 Healy has opened the batting for Australia, scoring over 1000 runs in both the formats and providing good start upfront. For the second time running, Healy has bagged the T20I player of the award, which shows how dangerous she has proved at the top of the order.
"It's really special, I didn't come here thinking I was going to win anything, I thought 'Pez' (Perry) had a really great year and would sweep the awards," Alyssa Healy said.
"All the girls are really buzzing for what's about to come over the next few weeks and it's nice to come together as a group and talk about that, and also to celebrate the last 12 months where I think we played some pretty outstanding cricket."
Australia will be back in action at the Junction Oval on Wednesday (February 12). They will take on India in the final of the tri-series before the T20 World Cup rolls on February 21.