Alyssa Healy, the talented wicket-keeper batter for the Australian women’s cricket team, is one of the finest women cricketers of all time.
She has represented Australia in more than 200 international matches in her twelve-year career.
So, here we have listed down 20 interesting facts about this talented cricketer.
1) On 24 March 1990, Alyssa Healy was born in Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia
2) Her uncle Ian Healy was Australia’s Test wicket-keeper between 1988 and 1999 and held the world record for the most Test dismissals
Her father Greg Healy also played domestic cricket for Queensland
3) Alyssa attended MLC School, and later on, she studied at Barker College.
4) At the age of 16, she was selected as wicket-keeper for Barker College First XI, where she played with boys from New South Wales
5) In January 2007, Healy got selected to play for the New South Wales team in the Under-19 interstate competition.
6) Alyssa Healy made her debut for the Lendlease Breakers in the 2007-08 domestic season
7) In the 2009-10 domestic season, after the departure of Leonie Coleman, Alyssa became the full-time wicket-keeper for New South Wales
8) The 2009-10 domestic season proved to be a defining season for Alyssa, as she recorded her highest score (89 not out) and led the WNCL in terms of dismissals.
9) On 10 February 2010, at the age of 19, she made her ODI debut against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval
10) Healy made her T20I debut against New Zealand at Hobart
On the 2012 tour of India, she played a superb 90 run knock against India in a T20I at Vizag.
11) Alyssa was a member of the Australian women’s team that emerged victorious in the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup and the 2014 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
12) In 2017, she was named the wicketkeeper across all forms for Australia.
13) In 2018, Cricket Australia awarded fourteen players with a national contract for the 2018–19 season
Alyssa was one of those fourteen lucky cricketers.
14) After the retirement of Alex Blackwell, she was named the captain of the New South Wales Breakers ahead of Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry
15) Alyssa Healy was the leading run-scorer in the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 and was elected the player of the tournament
16) In 2019, Cricket Australia awarded her the Belinda Clarke Medal at the Allan Border Medal ceremony
17) Healy scored 75 off 39 balls in the final of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to help Australia win their 5th World Cup title
She was named ‘Player of the match’ for her match-winning performance
18) In September 2020, Healy took her 92nd dismissal and went past M.S.Dhoni’s record of 91 dismissals
19) She was elected ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019
20) Alyssa married Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc in 2016