Australia motivated by ‘scars’ of defeats in World T20 mission

“I’d be lying if I sat here and said we haven’t got scars after the last couple of World Cups. To be ranked No. 1 in the world and not have a trophy is sort of something we were looking to rectify,” Healy said. “So for us to go out there and execute exactly what we wanted to do it’s just really pleasing. It’s such a proud win. And I think everyone deserves to be emotional and to be really happy about it.

“I think to come here to the West Indies, to play in front of a crowd like that that’s 99 percent going for the West Indies, we sort of thrive off that, we love being the underdogs in Australia. We don’t get to do it too often. For us to come here try to take a trophy off the West Indies was always going to be really difficult. So for us to go out there and play such a good performance today it was really special.”

There could have been some jitters in the Australia camp after they had suffered a heavy defeat in their final group match against India even though it came with a place in the semi-finals secure. However, Healy said it was taken as a chance to ensure everyone stayed grounded in their drive to learn from previous mistakes.

“I think the last two World Cups we were a part of we took two pretty hard defeats,” Healy said. “But at the same time I think we learned from those things and I think it shows the maturity of the group to be able to come back together. And I think that’s why this team is so good at the moment and we’re learning from those losses. And I think even losing to India in that last round game, I think we learned a lot out of that.”

Having entered the World T20 on the back of successful series against New Zealand and Pakistan and now reaching the final in convincing fashion there is a feeling the team is ready to go one better than recent tournaments. Their opponents in the final will be England, which had not been confirmed when Healy spoke following victory, meaning an Ashes showdown for the title.

“I’m not too sure I can put my finger on it. But it’s just, there’s something special. There’s a bit of an aura around this group at the moment and there’s just something really special building and we’ve got one more huge game to go,” Healy said. “And you know we’ll be disappointed if we can’t get over the line no matter our opponent. But this is just a really special feeling about the group at the moment and even the young girls that have come into the side and just stepped up where needed and just fit in really nicely.”