Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes are leading the charge for the Southern Stars at the top of the order. (Image: @imfemalecricket./Twitter)

While Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy reached 2000 ODI runs in Mackay's first match, Sophie Molineux said it was not the greatest impact the pair had on cricket

Having strong leaders at the helm of a cricket team is important for the development of the side’s younger players, and the Australian women’s side has two of the best in Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes.

The pair of experienced batters notched impressive milestones in the first ODI match against India, with each Haynes and Healy reaching 2000 ODI runs for Australia in the side’s 25th consecutive win.

Australian all-rounder Sophie Molineux said the two veterans had been the perfect mentors for the younger squad members.

“They’ve been around for a while and us young ones are very lucky to have players like Midge and Rach to look up to,” she said.

“The game, to us it looks quite easy for them, they’re always very consistent on and off the field.”

“They’ve got so much time for all of us to pick their brains.”

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Haynes and Healy put on 126 runs together, with both batters reaching the milestone during the partnership.

Molineux said the squad was excited for Haynes and Healy to reach the achievement together.

“It was great for them to go out there and get some personal milestones,” she said.

“We could celebrate and take the time to appreciate how much they’ve given.”

The remaining matches in Mackay are set to be played on a fresh pitch, with sides expecting a similar wicket.

Molineux said the side was preparing for many different outcomes.

“We’re playing on a new wicket this time around so we’re not sure if it’ll spin or not,” she said.

“We’ve got plans, either way, our batters played their spin really well.

“When there was a chance of spin it didn’t really get past them.”

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