Australian women’s keeper Alyssa Healy enters the Guinness World Record
"I didn't want everyone to come and not get the record."
Published - Feb 21, 2019 12:44 pm | Updated - Feb 21, 2019 12:44 pm
Alyssa Healy is arguably one of the most talented cricketers going around in Australia, combining both men’s and women’s cricket in the country. In the recent Cricket Australia awards, the 28-year-old managed to bag as many as three awards, the most by any player during the event. She became the Women’s ODI Cricketer of the year after amassing 329 runs in six matches at an average of 54.83.
Healy also bagged the award for the T20 Player of the Year and she also won the Belinda Clark Award. To add to her delight, the Gold Coast-born has now made a place for himself in the Guinness World Records for taking the ‘highest catch of a cricket ball’. The wicketkeeper caught a ball which was dropped from a drone, 80 metres above the renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Therefore, she broke the record of 62 metres set by Kristan Baumgartner, an Englishman, in 2016. She made a lot of unsuccessful attempts before nailing the catch. Quite expectantly, she was jubilated after setting the record. She also explained how the ball behaved while coming down.
I was overjoyed to break the record
“After I didn’t get a hand on the first practice and then the next one went straight through my gloves there was cause for concern. You don’t get the cue from the ball going up in the air off the bat and it was swinging a lot on the way down because it just gets dropped,” Healy was quoted as saying as saying in cricket.com.au.
“As you can tell in the video, it was pure elation to get it, I didn’t want everyone to come and not get the record so when I’d secured it in the gloves I carried on like a bit of a pork chop but overjoyed to break the record,” she added.
Here’s the video
There is just one year to go until the Women's ICC T20 World Cup, with our very own Alyssa Healy breaking a world record to celebrate the milestone! Tickets are officially on sale, so follow the link below if you want to be a part of another world record attempt at the ICC Women's T20 Word Cup Final at the MCG, or to attend the preceding tournament matches across Australia: https://tickets.t20worldcup.com/content/wt20/general.aspx
Posted by Cricket Australia on Wednesday, February 20, 2019