We are just going to do plenty of fun, play aggressive brand of cricket, says Alana King

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We are just going to do plenty of fun, play aggressive brand of cricket, says Alana King

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Melbourne Stars spinner Alana King has credited her hard work for the past 18 months for the key in consistency this season.  “I have worked really on bowling into the wicket not to get too flighty because the balance can get under that,” the leggie told reporters after their semifinal win over Perth Scorchers on Wednesday (November 25).

“I have been working back home with Becky Grundy, W Wayne, here with Michael Bear and Trent Wood as well, and make sure that there is plenty of energy and bowl into the wicket. I have worked with Beary for the last 18 months and we have worked really hard on figuring my craft what’s best for me and having him at the Stars was quite beneficial,” she added.

Stars, who have been in great form throughout the league stages, maintained their momentum on Wednesday too. Sent into bat first, Scorchers could post only 125/8 in 20 overs, thanks to King’s 3/16 in four overs which included Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine.

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“Definitely, it’s one of the most important wickets – Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine. They are the most destructive batters. I am happy that we did the job done and wanna be dancing Saturday,” she said. In reply, Stars lost three early wickets before Natalie Sciver and Annabel Sutherland took them home.

“I guess it’s always nerves. It’s a pretty big game and there are lots at stake but we have got the capacity all the way down batting at no.8 or 9 and get the job done. We will take this as a massive confidence booster. We will continue to play the brand of cricket and we will focus on ourselves rather than work upon who makes it,” she added.

“This is our first finals campaign that we have been a part of. We just gonna do plenty of fun with a smile on our face and still play that aggressive brand of cricket that we have been playing in the last six weeks in the competition.”

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King, who had an injury-ravaged last year also spoke about her excitement to be in the final for the first time. “Last year was a bit rough but I bounced back and try to work as hard as I could in especially in the off-season and this pre-season. This season has been really special and for someone who has been from season 01 to 06 and to get success is really special,” said King, who has taken 15 wickets so far in the season.