Alyssa Healy has already achieved something that her uncle Ian never did in his distinguished career, and that’s represent NSW!
‘Midge’ was a prodigious talent as junior. She famously became the first girl to play in the Barker College First XI and just before her 16th birthday she was selected in the Australian Youth team to tour New Zealand.
The following season she made WNCL debut against South Australia at Bankstown Oval alongside another 16-year-old, her childhood friend Ellyse Perry.
Healy’s rise through the ranks has by no means been meteoric. Initially selected as a specialist batter, it took her a couple of seasons to find her feet in the WNCL, despite a match winning knock against Queensland in her first year.
The start of the 2009/10 season saw Healy take the gloves for the Lend Lease Breakers full time and later that season she made her International debut following a serious injury to the Australian captain, Jodie Fields.
Healy made the most of her opportunity, featuring in a big 12 months for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars which saw them win the 2010 World T20 and regain the Ashes.
Healy also played a key role opening the batting during Australia’s 2012 World T20 win and while she didn’t make it on to the field, she was also part of the squad which won the 2012 World Cup in India.
At the domestic level, Healy was one of the star performers for the Lend Lease Breakers in 2012/13. She won the NSW WT20 Player of the Year award after scoring 306 runs at 25.50, as well as taking 23 dismissals behind the stumps. In the WNCL she scored 233 runs at 38.33 while executing eight dismissals from eight matches.
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