Is Australian Prolific Stumper Considering Leaving Test Role?
Alyssa Healy has played six Tests [Source: Twitter]
Australia's leading wicket-keeper batter Alyssa Healy is considering leaving her role as an opener in the Test arena, ahead of the all-important Women's Ashes series starting next month. Healy has been Australia's opener in the long-format since 2019, a role she has perfected in the white-ball format.
Speaking to AAP, the 33-year-old said that workload management is a key issue, having to keep wickets as well apart from facing the new ball. In 6 Tests, Healy has scored 236 runs at an average of 23.60 with one fifty.
Here's what Healy said
"I have given it a lot of thought. And it has been up for discussion for a little bit of time. In the last Test match, look I put my hand up and I wanted to do it. It was my decision to open the batting and I thought it would be a great place to bat."
"I probably underestimated the work I would have to do in the field, not having to do that all the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if the time comes and they want me to open, okay great. But I'd happily slide down to the middle and whack a Dukes ball around."
Interestingly, the UP Warriorz captain is the only wicket-keeper batter men's or women's to open the batting for their national side across formats.
Australia takes on England in the only Test at Nottingham starting June 22.