Australia's World Cup superstar Alyssa Healy is regularly assessing her playing future, but she has no plans to step aside or retire.
Healy, the player of the Twenty20 World Cup final in Australia’s stunning 85-run win over India on Sunday, has experienced all there is to achieve in a golden generation of women's cricket.
As the celebrations continued on Monday for Australia's latest victory, Healy repeated her sentiments from Sunday that she hoped the current team could stay together for a "little bit longer".
Alyssa Healy speaks at the celebration for Australia’s World Cup win at Federation Square on Monday.Credit:Getty Images
Healy, who turns 30 later this month, and her husband, Australian fast bowler Mitch Starc, are keen to start a family, but Healy said she did not have any immediate plans to quit cricket.
"These tournaments keep me reassessing all the time. I haven't got an end date in mind. It's play as long as I am enjoying the game but, obviously, family will come into play at some point but it's a discussion for us to have," she told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
Starc was in the stands for the final, after he had been excused from Australia's final one-day match in South Africa on Saturday.
Healy and husband Mitch Starc at Australian cricket’s awards night earlier this year.Credit:Getty Images
Healy knew the tourists were nervous the moment Deepti Sharma served up a full toss off the first ball of the match, but Healy and opening partner Beth Mooney maintained the composure that had enveloped the team even heading into a rain-marred semi-final against South Africa.
"It was such a weird feeling all week. I feel like there weren't any nerves. I was anxious to get out there on both occasions. Even in the semi final, there was an odd sense of calm around our whole group. It was almost like we didn't feel we should be there, especially with all that rain before the semi-final," Healy said.
"[But] we went out and played the perfect game of cricket [in the final] and that is something that we have been striving for the whole tournament. We ground out some wins and I think we were better for it. But to be able to put the perfect game on on the big stage in front of a lot of people – unbelievable.
The Australian team celebrates with fans at Fed Square.Credit:Getty Images
"I am just so proud to be an Australian today, just so proud to be an Australian female cricketer. What we have been able to achieve over the last few weeks has been sensational."
Healy had struggled for runs in the tri-series against India and England leading into the World Cup but her ability to flourish when the spotlight was at its greatest again reinforced why her aggressive mantra is so important to the side.
"Form is very much temporary, I can assure everybody of that. If you trust yourself, you back your ability, you back your process, you can achieve anything," she said.
"It's just a sign of this group. It's not just been one or two players all tournament – it's been everybody and everyone has chipped in when needed and that is the sign of a great team and, at the moment, we have a great team."
Her joy was palpable late in India's innings when it was clear the Australians could not lose, having earlier been the centre of some heated words from the frustrated Indians when she was finally dismissed.
Healy said she had barely slept all week and would now catch up on rest. But that won't last for long, for the Australians get back to business this weekend when they leave for South Africa for a series of one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.
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