Scorchers loss a wake-up call for Sixers: Healy

Sydney Sixers star Alyssa Healy says the defending champion's loss to the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday was a much-needed wake-up call after the Sixers' blistering start to the women's Big Bash League.

The Sixers won their first two matches of the season comfortably, accounting for the Melbourne Stars and cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder.

But the Scorchers, last season's runners-up, chased down the Sixers' small total of 122 for the loss of just one wicket.

"You can't go through this WBBL undefeated," Healy said. "It's good for us to have a loss when we did.

"It was nice to get out there on Tuesday and play some really tough cricket and get a bit of a wake-up call and a few things that we might need to work on.

"For us, as a batting unit, we just need to tinker a little bit and make sure that we're putting those big scores on the board more consistently."

Healy is in good form, hitting 49 runs off 27 balls against the Stars, including 11 boundaries and executing a crucial stumping against the Thunder.

"I'm hitting the ball all right and I'm enjoying my time out there, I've just got to give myself a little bit more of an opportunity to get myself in," she said.

The opening weekend of the Big Bash saw records tumble across the board. Rising Sixers star Ashleigh Gardner smashed the fastest WBBL century off just 47 balls, while the Sixers' total of 242 against the Thunder was the highest total in BBL and WBBL history.

"Girls are clearing the boundary and the stands with ease nowadays," Healy said.

The number of fours and sixes has even led some pundits to call for the boundary rope at North Sydney Oval to be pushed back to the fence. Healy said the records and big hitting are a result of women's cricket becoming more professional.

"The new world of professionalism in women's sport and women's cricket has done wonders for the girls," she said.

"Obviously, to enable them time to go and work on their physical side, in particular their batting, has really helped the game move forward, and I think we're seeing that in this Big Bash. I think some of the hitting has been outstanding and it'll only improve even more."

The Sixers play the winless Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

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