Winning the Women’s World T20 means more than personal success: Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy scored 225 runs during the ICC Women's World T20. (Image: ICC)

Being named Player of the Tournament at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 without having helped Australian Women reclaim the title they lost in 2016 would have meant little to Alyssa Healy.

The in-form wicketkeeper finished as the tournament’s leading run-getter with 225 at an average of 56.25 and strike-rate of 144.23 with four consecutive Player-of-the-Match awards. Her contributions helped Australia storm into the final against England Women, who were defeated by eight wickets in Antigua to claim their fourth world title in T20Is.

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“I’m going to sit back and be really proud of what I’ve achieved but that big trophy means to more to me than anything else,” she told The Cricketer. “Getting that win as a team is what we’ve been working towards for the last 18 months and to finally achieve it is special.”

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Healy had been in some doubt for the semi-finals after suffering mild concussion during the loss to India Women, but was cleared after passing a fourth test and made an immediate impact with 46 off 38 balls, in the processing adding the highest partnership of the match with skipper Meg Lanning, to be named Player of the Match for the fourth time in the tournament.

“I think consistency-wise this has probably been the best I’ve played,” she said. “I probably haven’t strung that many great performances together in a row in the past, so I can take some confidence out of this tournament. It’s taken me eight years of my career to fully believe I belong here. I’m just really enjoying the top of the order, and the freedom up there. Our batting line-up just really enables us to play freely and play that fearless cricket that we keep talking about.”

Healy has scored six fifties in her last ten T20I innings. When the ICC reshuffled its rankings on Tuesday, Healy found herself up for spots to reach eighth place.