Healy here on outback to ocean golfing tour
? FORMER Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy was yesterday driving into his planned golf day with plenty of talk about some bigger hitting in cricket circles.
Healy joined several former Australian Test legends hitting the Rydges Capricorn Resort golf course on a quick stopover in Yeppoon during The Players Own Outback To The Ocean Tour of regional Queensland.
The talk on the fairways revolved around South Africa's one-wicket win over Australia at the Wanderers ground, a venue Healy describes as similar to the SCG or a small Gabba.
Healy played in teams where scores of 280 or 290 were tough run chases, but he never came close to the 400 mark.
"Even 10 years ago a 280-run total was defendable 10 times out of 10,'' Healy said.
It's a different ball game now and Healy has his theories behind the changes.
"There's the Twenty20 mentality, the bats are bigger and lighter, and the boundaries are a touch smaller ? 15 years ago you had to clear the fence.