Relief was the overwhelming emotion Alyssa Healy felt upon posting her maiden international century, the Australian wicketkeeper has revealed.
Healy became the first Australian wicketkeeper to score a women's ODI ton on Sunday in Vadodara, her 133 from 115 deliveries helping the tourists notch a mammoth 7-332.
It came in her 47th ODIinnings and wasn't without its nerve-racking moments – namely when she was dropped on the boundary on 23 and on 56 – but it was an innings played in typical Healy fashion, full of aggression and flair, the 27-year-old reaching the boundary 17 times and clearing it twice.
"There was a big feeling of relief, I guess," Healy said after Australia sealed a 97-run victory and 3-0 series win.
"I've played a lot of cricket to not have one, so I'm pretty excited to sit one here finally with a hundred under my belt.
"Hopefully I'll get a couple more before I pull up stumps."
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Healy struggled to find her rhythm early, as she had done in the second ODI when she was dismissed for a 37-ball 19.
"I struggled a bit early and I just couldn't quite nail my timing, but I took a risk early on and managed to get myself going," she said.
"Naturally I'm a pretty aggressive cricketer, so for me it was about playing that way and having that intent all the time.
"And when I dig myself into a hole like I did last game, it's about getting out of that smartly.
"I'll probably always play a little more aggressively than others, but we've got such a powerful line-up we can probably push it a little at the top."
Healy was tied down by India's spinners in that second one-dayer, and she revealed she'd spent her time in the nets on Saturday wisely, ensuring she was better prepared on Sunday.
"it was about adjusting to the conditions a bit better, I got off to a flyer in that first game and then I got myself out.
"But to come out today, I did a lot of work to spin over the last few days, so to come out and play positively to them is something I'm proud of. So hopefully I can take that into the T20s."
Healy's century continued what's been an outstanding six months for the keeper-batter. Regarded as one of the world's best behind the stumps, for a long time her record with the bat at international level never quite lived up to her potential, or reflected her strong results at domestic level.
She broke an ODI half-century drought that stretched back to 2012 when she powered her way to 63no against Pakistan during the World Cup last July and since being elevated to the top of the order at the start of the Women's Ashes, she has thrived.
Healy scored back-to-back fifties against England and together with a new-look opener Nicole Bolton – who fashioned herself into an aggressor in her own right this series – the pair are forming a formidable partnership, with one century opening stand and three half-centuries from six innings together.
With Bolton not part of the T20 squad, Healy will likely be joined by the in-form Beth Mooney at the top of the order for the T20I tri-series against India and England.
Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium will host all seven matches to the tri-series, with the opening match to be played on Thursday.
Cricket.com.au will provide news, scores, highlights and behind-the-scenes coverage from on the ground in India, while Fox Sports will broadcast the T20I tri-series live.
Commonwealth Bank Tour of India
Australia T20 squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
India T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rumeli Dhar, Mona Meshram.
England T20I squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by 321 runs. Report
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by seven wickets. Report
First ODI Australia won by eight wickets. Scorecard
Second ODI Australia won by 60 runs. Scorecard
Third ODI Australia won by 97 runs. Scorecard
First T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 22. Live Coverage
Second T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 23. Live Coverage
Third T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 25. Live Coverage
Fourth T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, March 26. Live Coverage
Fifth T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 28. Live Coverage
Sixth T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 29. Live Coverage
Final Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 31. Live Coverage