Sixers in box seat for third WBBL final
EVERYTHING but the venue seems to be stacked in favour of the Sydney Sixers ahead of their WBBL semi-final against Adelaide Strikers this Friday.
A first place finish, five wins on the trot (the last two over their semi-final opponents), they boast the top runscorer in Ellyse Perry on 500 and have the second top wicket taker in Sarah Aley with 18 and that's discounting Dane van Niekerk's 20, who departed the Sixers about a week ago to return to South Africa for international duty.
But even being forced to face the Strikers at the Adelaide Oval - who have won there once this year - doesn't concern Alyssa Healy, who thinks history is on their side there too.
"If you look at the Strikers' record, they don't have a great record at home at Adelaide Oval so it's not a bad draw for us," she said.
"I think it will be a completely different game of cricket (to last weekend) but in saying that we can definitely take confidence in our bowling plans and how we bowl to their key batters and how we chase down a total.
"We're going in with some confidence, which is really crucial and hopefully with having played in some big games and big finals before and we can draw on that if the game gets tight on Friday."
While debate has swirled around the scheduling of the WBBL finals being anchored to the men's fixtures, the announcement yesterday of the Australian venues for the World T20 in 2020 signals change on the horizon.
The women's tournament will be held stand alone from the men's in March and April culminating with the final at the MCG.
Filling that is a big goal in a short period of time for the women's game but one Healy, the current Australian wicketkeeper, is keen to take on.
"It would be amazing. Previously some games we played at the MCG there's been about 100 people there and it's been quite bizarre to hear yourself clapping and it echoes around the stands," she said.
"The goal for Cricket Australia is to fill out that MCG in the final and a big part of that is for the Australian team to make that final.
"For us it's going to be a big couple of years building up to that and then we can see a big packed out MCG for a women's world T20 final.
"It's now the job for the players and administrators to make sure that happens."