Cricket: Alyssa Healy appointed Australia’s vice-captain across all three formats

Alyssa Healy has moved a step closer to being Australia’s next captain after being confirmed as vice-captain across all three forms of the game.

With no end date in sight for captain Meg Lanning’s break from the game, which has taken in the WBBL and could include an upcoming series against India, Healy now looms as the next skipper.

Healy, 32 has been elevated to the role following Rachael Haynes’ retirement from international cricket last month.

“It’s a privilege to have been offered the vice-captaincy of any Australian team, let alone one that’s tasted as much success as this one,” Healy said.

“Rach played a key role in supporting Meg as well as driving the values and culture of the team and while she leaves big shoes to fill, I’m looking forward to helping lead this side alongside Meg and Shell (coach Shelley Nitschke).

“It’s a really exciting time to be involved with this team; we’ve seen personnel changes as well as the emergence of incredible young talent, and with a T20 World Cup and away Ashes just around the corner, I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career.”

Healy has played 232 matches for her country – second only to all-rounder Ellyse Perry – and previously has been vice-captain in a temporary capacity, most recently in 2021.

She has captained the NSW Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League since 2018 and was Sydney Sixers vice-captain in the first seven editions of the Women’s Big Bash League.

Should Lanning’s absence continue, Healy could find herself leading Australia in a five-game T20I tour of India in December, home ODIs and T20Is against Pakistan in January, and the 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

National selector Shawn Flegler said Healy was an “outstanding leader”.

“We’re delighted that Alyssa has agreed to take on the role of vice-captain and look forward to the contribution she can make in tandem with Meg,” he said.

“Alyssa is an outstanding leader on and off the field and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“We have great confidence in Alyssa, Meg and Shelley leading the team during an exciting 12-month period that will see the team defend its T20 World Cup title and look to retain the Ashes on English soil.”

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