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I’m no Brunt bunny says Alyssa Healy

Alyssa Healy wants to make one thing clear: She is not Katherine Brunt’s bunny.

Or anyone’s, for that matter.

Brunt’s battle with Healy shapes as one of the key factors of Sunday’s 50-over World Cup final in Christchurch, with Australia firm favourites to regain the title.

England’s lionhearted seamer knocked Australia’s key opening bat over in both innings of this summer’s Ashes Test, giving her the first pair of her Test career.

It came after she’d claimed Healy’s scalp eight times in Twenty20 cricket, with the pair often clashing at the top of the innings and the battle highlighted regularly during the summer.

But as Healy is happy to point out, the record is far different in one-day internationals, with Brunt dismissing her just two times in 13 matches against each other.

“(That media spotlight on it) over the summer was junk,” Healy told AAP.

“I laugh because can you pull up how many times we have played against each other in 200-odd games for Australia? My stats aren’t that bad.

“It was only once in ODI cricket in the past four years. So it’s kind of irrelevant.

“The rest of the time it’s in T20 cricket where I am trying to hit her for six.”

In total, Healy has played Brunt 38 times across all formats in her career for 12 dismissals. All bar four of them have come in T20 cricket.

“If you’re getting out to someone one-in-every-four games, I reckon you’re on top. And I reckon it’s about one-in-every-four innings (against her).

“(Michael Atherton) summed it up, he said ‘Glenn McGrath used to get me out all the time, but it was like I’m not getting out trying to hit him over mid-off, I’m nicking some really good deliveries’.

“I feel like the same. You’re going to get a good one right, you’re going to get out to them.”

Likewise, Healy does not believe Australia take any serious psychological advantage into Sunday’s decider in Christchurch after a dominant summer against England.

In eight games against Heather Knight’s team across all formats, Australia have won five and had three other rain-affected matches drawn.

“It probably works out well for us, we match up pretty well against them and have had a good summer so can hopefully go one more,” Healy said.

“But the World Cup is a whole different beast. We were saying that in the first game we played them.

“It was almost advantage them, because they could come out with nothing to lose and play with freedom.

“It’s the same in the final. It will be on even keel, so (the Ashes) probably means jack all tomorrow. It’ll start fresh.”

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