Alyssa Healy was named ICC Player of the Month for April. We take a look back at the Australian goalie’s 30 days of exceptional cricket.
By the numbers
ODI – 155 races at 51.66 with an exercise rate of 98.72. High score of 65
Top of the charts against New Zealand
Healy was the leading hitter in Australia’s ODI clear-cut sweep against New Zealand (155 points at 51.66), with Lauren Down (106-35.33) and Rachael Haynes (101-33.66) second and third in the points standings.
The opener starred in the series’ curtain raiser, scoring 65 of 68 to keep the pressure on New Zealand despite the early sackings of Haynes and captain Meg Lanning. She backed that up with a quick shot of 44 in Game 2 which perfectly set Australia up for an impressive 271/7 tally.
She concluded her streak with her most aggressive performance of the campaign, hitting six fours in a 46 of 39 balls.
Join the Australian club 200
Just over a decade after making her Australian debut at the age of 19, Healy became the third player to represent the country 200 times.
Healy played him 200e game for Australia on April 7, scoring an impressive 44 of 50 to help Lanning’s side secure a decisive victory in the second ODI against the White Ferns.
The star goalkeeper is in good company at the 200-game club, alongside Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell. Healy played 79 ODIs and four Tests, alongside his 118 T20Is. Only Perry (123) played more T20I for Australia.
At only 31, she has every chance of reaching the 250-game mark and beyond.
Part of the history of ODI
The Australian women’s team made history in April, breaking the world record for most consecutive ODI wins.
Ricky Ponting’s Australia won 21 consecutive ODIs in the span of five months in 2003, winning the ICC Cricket World Cup along the way. This was a reference to four wins without the next best effort in men’s or women’s cricket until the formation of Lanning’s squad.
Since March 2018, the Australian women’s team have won 24 consecutive ODIs, winning their 22sd in the series opener against the White Ferns in early April.
Healy is one of only four players to have made it to those 24 matches and has comfortably been Australia’s top scorer in the streak with 1,287 to 55.95.
Rightly so, she was Australia’s top hitter in the record 22sd win, scoring 65 of 68.
“Healy’s consistency with the bat has been an important part of Australia’s dominance showing her class in all conditions and against all types of bowling,” said Elizabeth Ammon, ICC Voting Academy member and journalist. “To be so consistent for such a long time shows how essential she is to the Australian team and one of the stars of women’s cricket.”