No animosity with Harmanpreet, it’s just competitive cricket: Alyssa Healy

Australia women’s team captain Alyssa Healy has rubbished talks about animosity building up between her and India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, saying they were just playing “competitive cricket”.

India registered their maiden Test win against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium before the visitors came back strongly to win the ODIs 3-0 and T20Is 2-1 in a highly-competitive month-long series.

“I would probably just summarise it to competitive cricket is going out there, doing our job for the side,” said Alyssa, following the seven-wicket win in the third T20I at the DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday, which helped Australia take the series 2-1.

Alyssa added the perception of animosity was because both of them approached their roles differently.

During the Test, Harmanpreet had thrown the ball at Alyssa in frustration while she was batting, and the Australian skipper simply smiled back. Alyssa took a defensive pose and the ball hit her bat to race to the boundary, while Harman’s appeal for obstructing the field was rejected.

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