HIGHLIGHTS

 

⚬ Alyssa Healy scored 225 runs at an average of 56.25, including two 50s and a couple of forties with a staggering 160 plus strike rate in World T20, 2018.

 

⚬ Healy’s father Greg was a member of the Queensland squad whereas her uncle Ian Healy had the world record of the highest number of test dismissals.

 

⚬ Healy is married to the Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc who was player of the series is last ICC World Cup. 


Australia won their fourth women’s world T20 title in Antigua on Sunday. They defeated England by eight wickets to win their fourth title and Alyssa Healy was the key player for Australia in the entire tournament.

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Alyssa Healy (Photo: ICC)

The right-handed wicket-keeper batter has it in her gene. Her father Greg was a member of the Queensland squad whereas her uncle Ian Healy had the world record of the highest number of test dismissals. Interestingly another cricketer in the family is her husband Mitchell Starc. They first met each other as 9-year olds competing for the place of wicket-keeper in Sydney’s Northern District Cricket Association team for under-10. They both got selected and played side by side till age fifteen, till the time Starc moved into fast bowling and Healy moved into the women’s team. The couple got married in April 2015. Just two weeks after Starc successfully finished the ICC World Cup victorious and as player of the series, a feat followed by Healy on Sunday. Couple goals anyone?

Healy’s first appearance in school cricket drew a lot of attention. That was the first time that a female player was picked to play among boys. An email criticizing this approach with the title “Save Barker Cricket Now” circulated. The coach and various other dignified persons including Ian Healy insisted that Healy’s selection was perfect and made on merit. She also proved her caliber and debuted for Australia in her teens.

It was February 2010 and Healy was selected as the incumbent wicketkeeper and captain Jodie Fields was injured. She did not immediately put the house on fire and played a handful of ODIs and mostly T20s for the next 2 years. She truly made her presence felt in the India tour in March 2012. She was selected to play as a designated opener in 3rd T20 and delivered a 61 ball 90 with 10 fours and 2 sixes. She scored another 50 in the next match and she never looked back. With senior players like Lisa Sthalekar, Alex Blackwell and Fields moving away slowly the new look Australia Women’s team was built around Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, and Healy.

Healy was already a part of the World T20 winning Australian squad in 2010 and played a key role with a crucial catch during a tight chase to ensure a 3 runs win over New Zealand. Australia completed a hat-trick of World T20’s by winnings the 2012 and 2014 versions and Healy were key members in both the squad. They could not make four-in-four in 2016 edition when they were beaten by West Indies in the final in Kolkata.

Healy was already in great form before the World T20 in 2018. Early in the year, she got her maiden international century against India in Vadodara. Her 133 punctuated by 17 fours and 2 sixes resulted in an easy win for Australia. She continued her good form and scored four 50’s in her last five T20 matches before the World T20 against New Zealand and Pakistan. In between, she also played an innings of 97 in one of the ODI’s against Pakistan. As expected she carried her good form in the World T20 in the Caribbean and ended with four player-of-the-match as well as player-of-the-series award.

 

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  1. […] Healy started the tournament with a bang, scoring 48 off 29 deliveries against Pakistan and continued in the next game against Ireland as well, scoring 56 in 31 balls. She took the responsibility on a two-paced wicket at Antigua in the semis as well, scoring a cautious 38-ball 46 to help Australia pip Windies in the top-four. […]

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