Alysa Healy has been appointed as the new skipper of the NSW Breakers for the upcoming edition of the Women’s National Cricket League. She was made the skipper after Alex Blackwell retired from international cricket and state cricket. Healy has been brought in as her replacement. Meanwhile former Aussie batswoman Lisa Sthalekar lauded her for a great cricketing brain.
It was during Blackwell’s stint, New South Wales won the prestigious Ruth Preddy Cup 7 times. It is the most under any skipper and hence it will be a tough task for Healy. She has to fill the massive boots. Healy is the wife of Australian speedster Mitchell Starc. Meanwhile, Rachael Haynes and skipper of the Sydney Sixer Ellyse Perry is also part of the squad.
Healy didn’t expect captaincy to come her way. However, she is up for the challenge and is looking forward to her first stint as a skipper. “It’s very exciting, (but) it did come as a shock to me a little bit. We’ve got Rachael and Pez in the side, so I thought after Alex retired one of them would take over the reins and I’d go on being normal Healy behind the stumps,” Healy was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“But the opportunity arose and I grabbed it. I think it will be a really exciting, new challenge for me, I haven’t been captain of a side properly since under-17s or something. It’s a really successful team for me to jump into and try to continue that success,” the wicketkeeper-batswoman added.
Alysa is the niece of Ian Healy
Healy is also the niece of former Aussie wicket-keeper Ian Healy. She has played 58 ODI’s, 80 T20I’s and 3 Tests for Australia. She last appeared in national colours during Australia’s tour of India. Alysa has scored 830, 942 and 130 runs in her ODI, T20I and Test career respectively.