Women’s World T20: Australia team doctor confident of Alyssa Healy role in semi-final
Alyssa Healy collided with Megan Schutt during Australia's 48-run defeat to India. (Image: ICC)

The in-form wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy remains a doubt for Australian Women s semi-final clash with hosts West Indies Women on Thursday in the ICC Women s World Twenty20, and the team is taking no risks as it monitors her closely with a stringent set of tests.

Healy was floored after colliding with team-mate Meghan Schutt during Australia s final league match with India Women on Saturday – which they lost by 48 runs to finish second in the group – and suffered a mild concussion. She appeared dazed after the collision and was forced off the field and did not play a role in the match thereafter with Beth Mooney donning the wicketkeeping gloves.

Australian team doctor Pip Inge told cricket.com.au that the four-day plan set in place for Healy to prove her fitness were potentially the perfect amount to ease her back into action for the must-win match with West Indies.

“If all the ducks line up in a row, we have the perfect amount of days to graduate her back,” said Inge on Sunday. We’re lucky we’re not playing today because that would have not given us enough time to graduate her back in, (playing yesterday) means we’ve got just enough days to get it right, if things all line up.

“We need to graduate people back into play to make sure the symptoms don’t get worse and we don’t put them at risk. You need to complete one step before you can move to the next step. Today’s about rest … being sensible with things, removing a lot of stimulus.

“The next step is elevating your heart rate a little bit and being able to do a bit of activity like jumping on the (stationary) bike or going for a bit of a run and making sure you don’t get a return of any symptoms. Then it’s doing some skill work, low-impact, non-contact stuff for Midge she’ll do things like throw downs with coaches and some remedial keeping work. Then if that’s all okay, you go to a full training session, you face bowlers, you put yourself under pressure. And if that’s okay you get to play.”

Healy was awarded a third consecutive Player-of-the-Match award for scoring 53 – her sixth fifty in her last eight T20I innings – as Australia Women sealed their spot in the semi-finals with a 33-run win over New Zealand Women last Wednesday.