UPDATE: Australia win the World Cup
Alyssa Healy has struck a history-making century to place Australia in the field seat to win the ladies’s Cricket World Cup final against England on Sunday.
Watch the second Healy reached her century in the video above
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The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batter reached the milestone off 100 balls after which put the foot down, ending with 170 off 138 and leaving the sector to a standing ovation.
Australia, despatched in to bat after England gained the toss, completed their 50 overs on 5-356, with Rachael Haynes (68) and Beth Mooney (62) fully overshadowed by Healy.
Haynes’ innings included breaking Debbie Hockley’s 25-year-old file for essentially the most runs scored in a single ladies’s World Cup, with the brand new mark changed one hour later by Healy.
And Healy’s century will go down as one of many biggest in cricket history whatever the end result of England’s chase in a while Sunday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Having scored a ton against the West Indies in the semi-finals, she is now the primary cricketer – man or girl – to realize back-to-back centuries in World Cup knockout matches.
The career-high 170, which featured 26 boundaries, additionally surpassed Adam Gilchrist’s rating of 149 as the very best in a World Cup final.
Healy’s unimaginable achievement comes two years after she struck 75 in the T20 World Cup final on the MCG.
It additionally moved Australia one step nearer to fulfilling their aim of profitable again the ODI trophy.
England are the holders, having gained in 2017 when Australia crashed out in the semi-finals – a consequence that prompted nice introspection and alter inside the Australian setup.
Since then, Australia have gained the T20 World Cup twice, retained the Ashes thrice and each particular person collection they’ve performed.
Nevertheless, they haven’t had the chance to win this trophy again, making it the prize they’ve craved above all others.
“This date has been in the back of our minds for a while,” Healy advised AAP in the lead-up to the final.
“Especially after 2017, it was the reinvention of our side. Even if we don’t lift the trophy, being in the final justifies the hard work and how we play the game.
“(The final) is exactly where we should be, and I hope we play our best cricket, because that’s where we deserve to be.”
– with AAP