Christ Church, April 3: Australia’s veteran starter Rachael Haynes said on Sunday it was great fun to watch Alyssa Healy’s magnificent 170, adding that it took some of the pressure off her.
Pushed to bat first, Haynes and Healy had to be patient as England got the ball spinning, with the power play producing just 37 runs. But after that Haynes opened up, followed by Healy to put up a starting position of 169 from 29 overs. Although Haynes fell in love with 68, Healy went on to leave the cricket world in awe with one of the greatest strikes ever seen in the over 50 format.
“It’s a lot of fun to watch Healy hit, and it takes the pressure off me, he was phenomenal. It’s one of the best hits I’ve ever seen and he saved it for the big time,” Haynes said after the game.
Haynes finished the tournament as the second-highest run scorer in the tournament, making 497 runs at an average of 62.12 and a strike rate of 82.55, including a century against England at the league stage, in addition to three half-centuries.
“It’s good to contribute and get some runs, start well and the nature of this tournament is such with back-to-back games that you can get going. It’s good to make a decent contribution and get the win tonight,” Haynes stated.
Haynes, 35, admitted that Australia’s surprise exit from the 2017 ODI World Cup semi-finals prompted them to reinvent themselves as a unit. “A melting pot moment for our group (2017), it didn’t go as planned. And it was a great moment for us, understanding our roles and dealing with the pressure, building on that. To have such consistent play in this tournament for a long period of time has been really special.