Sixers wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy has spoken about the 'Sixers reunion' at the Women’s World Cup when Australia play South Africa on July 15.
Before then, on Tuesday this week, Australia will also get to face the Women’s Proteas team in Oakham in their penultimate warm-up match with the possibility of six Magenta players facing each other.
Healy, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner and Sarah Aley are all in the 15-player Australian team, while South African Captain Dane Van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp are in the opposition’s squad.
During the WBBL, Healy opens the batting for the Sixers but with the Australian team she bats lower down the order, a position she joked she is happy to play when coming up against South Africa's pace attack.
“Fortunately, I probably won’t have to play [Kapp] with the new ball,” said Healy.
“That’s probably someone else’s job. That’s where she’s at her best.
“I’ll probably get them at the back end where they’re trying to bowl a lot fuller and I think that sort of suits my game a little bit more.
“For me, I enjoy facing Kappie at the back end, but I imagine with the new ball it’s a bit scarier.”
With so many Magenta players between the two squads, Healy said the matches have been dubbed a 'Sixers reunion'. Although, she reiterated the Sixers players in the Australian team won’t be taking the matches lightly.
There is much competition within the Australian team, and Healy said Gardner is a chance to make her World Cup debut and Aley could earn her first ever cap for her country.
“It’s probably the tightest group that I’ve played in in a World Cup,” said Healy.
“Potentially, all 15 players could play in this World Cup with ease. There could be a bit of chopping and changing going on depending on conditions, which is really exciting that all 15 girls are sticking their hand up and wanting to play and are all competing for spots.
“I think competition will only make us better.”
World Cup squad:
Australia's World Cup schedule:
June 20: Australia v South Africa, Oakham (warm-up match)
June 22: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester (warm-up match)
June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton
June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol
July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol
July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester
July 9: Australia v England, Bristol
July 12: Australia v India, Bristol
July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton
July 18: First semi-final, Bristol
July 20: Second semi-final, Derby
July 23: Final, Lord's