Alyssa Healy

Healy hopes dream T20I run culminates in World Cup victory

After scoring a record-breaking 148* to help her team secure a clean sweep against Sri Lanka, Alyssa Healy said that Australia remain focussed on the ICC Women's T20 World Cup at home early next year.

Australia's 132-run win over Sri Lanka at Sydney on Wednesday, 2 October continued their stunning run of form in the shortest format. Since the start of 2018, they have won 23 out of 26 T20Is, and are building superbly towards their defence of the T20 World Cup crown.

Healy hopes that the dominant run can translate into a memorable run at next year's mega event, and end with Australia lifting the trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 8 March, on International Women’s Day.

"Thinking about it on the calendar, after that World Cup, sitting down in a change room and reflecting on what’s gone on in the last two years for this group, is going to be really special," Healy said.

"We keep talking about it, that it’s building up to this World Cup and it’ll culminate there. Hopefully, we can sit there in a successful change room and reflect on what we’ve done."

In pursuing that goal, Australia are just as concerned about the manner in which they are winning games as they are with winning itself. Against Sri Lanka, they won each game by comfortable margins, despite Chamari Athapaththu's superb century in the first match.

Healy and Beth Mooney got a hundred each in the series, while Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt and Tayla Valeminck were all superb with the ball. That they attained this success despite Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry – two of their more accomplished players – not firing speaks volumes of their strength as a unit.

"More pleasing than that [the 3-0 whitewash], the last two games were really complete performances," Healy said. "We obviously batted really well, but I think our bowling and our fielding were really complete.

"That’s the sort of cricket we want to be playing all the time. It’s giving us great confidence."