Australian wicket keeper and batsman Alyssa Healy has been named the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) Women’s T20 International Player of the Year.

The 28-year old finished with 225 runs in six matches in the 2018 Women’s World T20 series, making her the leading run-scorer. The competition was held in the West Indies, and Alyssa was named Player of the Tournament. Alyssa commented on her award and also referred to the Australians’ win at the ICC Women’s World T20 final: “It’s obviously a huge honour. I enjoyed some form over the last couple of months, thoroughly enjoyed playing for the Aussie team in the T20I format,” she said. “Winning the ICC Women’s World T20 final against England is something pretty special, especially after a disappointing couple of years in World Cups. That win against them, a dominant performance, was pretty special and one I will never forget.”

In 2018 Alyssa was also part of the one-day team of the year and was the only Australian member of the team. The wicketkeeper/batsman has enjoyed an extremely successful year in 2018, both at international and national levels. Alyssa plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and was the third-highest scorer in the Women’s Big Bash League in 2018, scoring 332 runs in four innings, including an unbeaten 112 against the Adelaide Strikers. An additional local achievement for Alyssa is her role as captain of the New South Wales Breakers for the 2018/19 Season. The Breakers hold the position of most successful team in the history of the Women’s National Cricket League, with 19 titles in 22 seasons.

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