Alyssa Healy.
Alyssa Healy, seen playing India in 2021, says defeat in Mumbai isn't a sign of Australian decline. Image by Jason O'BRIEN/AAP PHOTOS
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Healy rejects talk of Australia’s dynasty ending

Scott Bailey December 25, 2023

Alyssa Healy has rejected any suggestion Australia’s stranglehold on international women’s cricket is slipping, saying their Test loss to India is barely a blip on the team’s record.

Australia stumbled to their first Test defeat to India by eight wickets in Mumbai on Sunday, after being outplayed by the hosts in foreign spinning conditions.

The loss comes after one of the more difficult periods for the Australian side in the past six years, with the retirements of Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes.

After winning their fourth straight global ICC event earlier this year in the 50-over World Cup, Australia retained the Ashes via a drawn multi-format series in England in July.

That tour included losing four of six white-ball matches, with Australia’s win in the Test enough to have them level on points with England  and hold onto the trophy.

The current tour of India is not a multi-format series, but the defeat in the one-off Test marks Australia’s first loss in a four-day game since January 2014.

But quizzed over whether the defeat suggested Australia’s unprecedented period of dominance was ending, Healy was defiant.

“It’s probably not even a blip,” Healy said. 

“It (Test cricket) is a format where we’re not overly familiar with, in conditions that we’re not familiar with. 

“I see more positives out of this and than any sort of negativity. 

“There is always a lot of expectation and external noise about our team and how we’re performing. 

“They are so used to seeing us winning, that I think, at times, they forget that we’ve actually seen quite a lot of change over the last 12 to 18 months. 

“That kind of goes unnoticed external to our group.”

Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes shake hands while batting together.
 The retirements of Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes (R) have ushered an era of change for Australia. Image by Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS 

Australia have spoken about shifting their mindset in white-ball cricket after the losses in England, pursuing a more attacking approach.

Three looming ODIs against India in the next week and three ensuing T20s will be the first showing of that, with the hosts also a rising force in the white-ball game.

“Within our group we’re really comfortable with where we’re at, and the progression we’re on,” Healy said.

“Ultimately there’s a big T20 World Cup in Bangladesh towards the end of next year, that is a real carrot for us. 

“These are the sort of big trophies that we’re we’re wanting to win. 

“And yes, every series in between now and then is important, but at the same time we’re building towards that World Cup. 

“Maybe you can ask me that (supremacy) question at the end of the six white-ball games to see how we’re going and we can answer that.

“These next six games will probably give us a better indication about how we’re tracking but also what we might need to improve on.”