Just look at Alyssa Healy's form as she hit a beautiful six in the second One Day match in the women's Ashes series at Coffs Harbour.
The calm stance. The impeccable timing. The sheer effortlessness of it all.
If this was a cartoon, you couldn't accompany Healy's shot with a word like "OOF!" or "BAM!" You'd have to say "WHOOSH" or something that coveys silky smoothness rather than a furious flurry of activity.
Healy was out for 56 a few overs after hitting that sublime six but the opening batter had done her job. As she told Channel Nine on the boundary afterwards, "it would have been nice to go on with it, but I'm happy we got off to a good start".
Australia was 1-98 when Healy fell on the last ball of the 20th over. The team then appeared well on track to reach a score of 260 or more, but they ended up soaring past that -- reaching 6-296. Weather threatened to play a part in the England chase, with storms in the Coffs Harbour area, but rain and a bit of hail had the common good sense to fall during the dinner break.
After 35 overs, Australia had reached 3-170. They were after 3/246 after 45 overs, the acceleration thanks largely to hitting like this from Rachael Haynes.
And this from Ellyse Perry.
And this, also from Perry.
Not that it was all about from ball striking. Look at this little inventive ramp shot from Rachael Haynes. It really has been a cricket clinic out there in Coffs Harbour this Thursday. Four Australians passed 50 in a great team batting performance.
In reply England lost wickets steadily and were all out for 209 in the 43rd over. Megan Schutt was the chief destroyer for the Aussies, taking 4-26. Australia won by by 86 runs. The full scorecard is here.
You can also watch the game live on Gem -- which we highly recommend because Australia's batting performance thus far really has been excellent.
Meanwhile in exciting news for cricket fans and for the women's game more generally, Nine had such good ratings with the first Ashes match last Sunday, they're screening the third One-Dayer this coming Sunday on the main channel.
"We are proud to announce that we will be airing at least two matches from the CommBank Women's Ashes Series live and free on the Nine prime channel," Nine's Head of Cricket Brent Williams said.
"The Australian and English sides are the top two ranked sides in the world, and the Aussies are the current holder of The Ashes, so we encourage the nation to get behind them to beat the Poms."
And when trying to beat said English visitors, what better way to do it than with maximum nonchalance and minimum sweat -- a la Alyssa Healy?
Or with yet more power hitting from Haynes? BAM!Suggest a correction