She's a keeper! Starc and Healy tie the knot
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and Southern Stars wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy have married in Sydney
15 April 2016, 08:54 PM AEST
Australian cricket power couple Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy have tied the knot, the fast bowler calling "mine" in a social media post to celebrate their nuptials.
Starc and Healy were wed today at an undisclosed waterfront location, with several of Starc's New South Wales teammates attending.
The pair celebrated their wedding with by using the hashtag #stealy – an endearing portmanteau of their surnames Starc and Healy.
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Healy's Instagram post included the caption "Marry your best friend" and the couple looked blissfully happy posing on a beach.
Fellow Australia bowlers Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were there, as were NSW teammates Nic Maddinson and Sean Abbott and the group posed for a beachside photo with partners. Many of the Starc's Australia teammates are competing at the Indian Premier League, a tournament the fast bowler is missing as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.
Healy's Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teammate Ellyse Perry also took to Instagram, sharing a pic of Healy with the caption: "My sister (from another mister) got married today! And she looked absolutely stunning!"
Starc and Healy first met as nine-year-olds, playing against each other in the Northern District Junior Cricket Association.
They later shared wicketkeeping duties in a representative under-11s team coached by Starc's father Paul. They played together for some six years before Healy moved into women's cricket, their friendship strong long before romance blossomed.
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"Just before his first Australian tour to India (in October 2010) we had a two to three-week period where we pretty much hung out every day," Healy told News Ltd in 2013. "Just before he flew out we questioned what was going on and whether this was actually happening. We kind of just fell into it, being friends for a period of time before that. It just happened."
Healy had represented Australia in limited overs cricket before the pair were a couple, but they were there for each other's Test debut. When their schedules allow, it's not uncommon one in the stands cheering the other on.
However, the make a point of not letting cricket dominate their personal life, although like any couple they do talk about their jobs.
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"We don't talk too much cricket," Healy said last year of life at home with Starc. "It does find its way onto the TV a fair bit, especially with the Big Bash on and domestic cricket around the country.
"We try and leave the cricket side to our coaches and teammates when we are on tour, and when you get home it is nice to have somebody else to talk to away from the game.
"And maybe remind you why you play cricket when times get tough.
"Obviously we are in a pretty unique position. It is nice to have someone who understands what you are going through.
"But not too much cricket is spoken about around the dinner table, it's more about other interests we have in common."
Healy has padded up to face her now-husband in the nets, but admitted it was not her favourite way to spend time together.
"When Mitch was coming back from injury I put the pads on and faced him in the nets, but we don't do that kind of thing too often," Healy told the Guardian last winter.
"It is not my first choice to be down the other end when he is bowling, and I don't think it is his first choice either.
"If we go down the park we would normally take a footy, or do something other than cricket related."