Australian wicketkeeper and Sydney Sixers vice-captain Alyssa Healy has been named captain of the Lendlease Breakers.
Healy, 28, replaces Alex Blackwell, who retired from NSW and Australian cricket after leading the Breakers to a 19th title in 22 years. She will continue to play for the Sydney Thunder.
Breakers coach Jo Broadbent said Healy had an exciting mix of experience, enthusiasm and a drive to succeed.
“The Breakers are blessed with quality leaders and we are delighted that Alyssa will be taking the squad forward into a new era,” Broadbent said.
“Two seasons ago an injury to Ellyse Perry gave Alyssa the opportunity to lead the Sydney Sixers into the finals and she took them to the WBBL title in a tense, low-scoring final.
“She has been a quality cricketer with NSW for over a decade and Australia for more than eight years.
“Alyssa’s aggressive approach to the game is highlighted by spirited batting and energetic wicket-keeping which has been central to the success of her state and country.
“Importantly she is a big game player as highlighted by her century in the WNCL final against Western Australia at the end of last season."
Healy said she was honoured to be given the opportunity of leading the Breakers.
“I am really excited by this new challenge and cannot wait to get the chance to lead a really exciting squad,” Healy said.
“We have some of the best players in the world with a wealth of experience and I look forward to working closely with them to continue our success.
“This is a really exciting time in women’s sport and more specifically women’s cricket so we are all really looking forward to a busy season ahead!”
Alyssa Healy’s playing record
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