Alyssa Healy's breakthrough year took longer to arrive than she might have hoped but Australia's World Cup hero now has one enviable platform to build upon.
Healy on Monday night capped an astonishing 12 months with a clean sweep of Australia's women's cricket awards, taking out the prestigious Belinda Clark Award while also being named ODI and T20 player of the year.
The wicketkeeper-batter was a runaway favourite for the Clark Award and comfortably outpolled runner-up Megan Schutt and third-placed Ashleigh Gardiner.
Healy led Australia to glory in last year's T20 World Cup, scoring 225 runs from five innings to be named player of the tournament.
The niece of former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy and wife of fast bowler Mitchell Starc had always been rated for her glove work but had never come close in her decade-long international career to such dominant form with the bat.
"I'll have to hold Mitch off on the baby front and hopefully go out there and play a few more World Cups," Healy joked.
"I've been told numerous times that no one peaks really until they're 27, 28. Here I am at 28 and I'm ready to go.
"The female game's a little bit different. Not too many players play too far past 30 with other things on offer but with the changing landscape of the women's game, we can hopefully have extended careers further than what we thought."
Australia's women have another big year ahead including an Ashes series in the UK and the T20 World Cup title defence on home soil starting next February.
Healy said it had been a prized moment to accept the namesake award from retired great Belinda Clark, who had been one of her greatest supporters.
"To walk up there and accept the award from her was incredibly special," Healy said.
"She was one of the ones that kept telling me to believe and I was talented enough and good enough if I wanted it.
"To finally sit here and feel like I am good enough is perfect."
Australian Associated Press