Phoebe Litchfield of Australia discusses her high-risk reverse sweep versus India Women. On her debut India tour, Phoebe Litchfield scored her first ODI century (119 off 125 balls) in the third ODI for a winning cause.
Australia’s women’s team on a lengthy tour in India, beginning with the Test format and progressing to the ODI format. They are known for their dominance, as they demonstrate when the Alyssa-Healy-led side steamroll India Women’s side by a whopping 190-run score. As a result, after losing the solitary Test, the visitors respond magnificently to record a clean sweep of the hosts in the three-match ODI series.
In the game, opener Phoebe Litchfield excelled with the bat. Slamming her first century (119 off 125) in her maiden visit to India. Captain Healy, too, recover her mojo and play a brilliant knock (82 off 85 balls) to put up a match-defining 189-run partnership. Similarly, Litchfield remarked on her performance after the match. She had an interesting idea about playing the reverse sweep shot.
Though Indian spinners assume this was an Australian batter’s weakness. It turns out that Phoebe Litchfield practices her stroke extensively in nets. In fact, she admit that while performing a reverse sweep, she didn’t care if the ball spun a lot or not. Notably, the Southpaw attempted the reverse sweep 12 times during the ODI series and scored 22 runs against India Women.
“I still play it whether it spins or not.” It’s more about the region of the ground I can access than [thinking] if it’s spinning, and if it is spinning, it’s usually a good option since playing with a straight bat is difficult.” Litchfield reported
I have got to work on conventional, it’s got me out every ODI innings: Litchfield
In addition to describing the reverse sweep, Phoebe Litchfield discussed strengthening her talents in playing the standard sweep stroke. Surprisingly, she confessed that she had been practicing her wrist speed in order to build power for the stroke.
Notably, Litchfield finished the 50-over format with 260 runs, including two half-centuries and a match-winning century. Despite this, she appeared to be preoccupied with improving her standard sweep shot. Sneh Rana and Shreyanka Patil remove him in the first and second ODIs of the series while attempting the sweep shot.
“I need to work on my conventional sweep because it’s gotten me out in every ODI innings I’ve hit so far. ” My reverse is a strength of mine, and I practice it frequently on the nets to improve my wrist speed. That, I believe, is a significant factor. And just sort of keeping it under control. Today, one of them flew near to [Pooja] Vastrakar [at the backward point]. “It’s all about practice,” Litchfield said.