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Is Alyssa Healy headed towards retirement or mental health break? what is playing on her mind?

Australian women's cricketer Alyssa Healy has revealed that she is contemplating her future in the game. The wicketkeeper-batter admits that she still loves the game but feels that she needs to think about her longevity at the highest level

Jishu Bhattacharya Written By: Jishu Bhattacharya @bh0592 New Delhi Updated on: October 05, 2022 11:36 IST
Alyssa Healy, Australia
Image Source : INDIA TV Is Alyssa Healy hinting towards retirement?

After their victorious campaign in the 2022 edition of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, things haven't been quite the same for the Australian women's team. Their skipper Meg Lanning opened up about how she wanted to prioritize her mental health and opted for an indefinite break from the game. This was followed by Rachael Haynes' retirement which certainly came as a shock to many fans and experts of the game. It seems that these decisions might've had an impact on wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy too.

In a very candid manner, Healy revealed how Meg Lanning's indefinite break and Rachael Haynes' retirement has made her speculate about her cricketing future after playing the game for so many years at the highest level. The recent developments in the Australian women's cricket team are hinting towards a transitioning phase. With a new coach in Shelley Nitschke, it seems very likely that the Aussies will have a new captain in place who will head this new phase. 

The current Australian women's team has conquered every challenge that has been thrust upon them with the trio of Healy, Lanning, and Haynes being the chief architect. It is a very strange situation as far as the leadership of Australia's women's team is concerned. Healy was being touted as one of the probable contenders to don the skipper's hat, but after her recent revelations, things for the team management have become trickier.

India Tv - Alyssa Healy, Australia

Image Source : GETTY IMAGESAlyssa Healy in the Australian gree

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Alyssa further said:

Meg taking a break and Rach retiring, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. The beauty is I still really love the game and love being involved at the moment. I'm just going to just keep plugging along and doing what I'm doing and continue to enjoy it. I've got mad FOMO when I'm just watching cricket. We haven't toured India that much over a little period. So the fact that we're going there twice in the space of 12 months is exciting.

India Tv - Alyssa Healy, Mitchell Starc

Image Source : GETTY IMAGESAlyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc

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Healy also opened up about her husband, Australian speedster Mitchell Starc who cracks jokes on her about changing her mind multiple times. Australian women are scheduled to tour India in December. This will be their first Test match on Indian soil in 39 years.

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