India Tour in Doubt as Sydney Sixers’ Alyssa Healy Sidelined for Remainder of WBBL 2023

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Sydney Sixers’ prolific wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy is set to sit out the remainder of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2023 after sustaining a severe injury to her right index finger from a dog bite. The injury has put her participation in the upcoming India tour in jeopardy, prompting concerns among fans and team management alike.

Alyssa Healy’s recovery timeline remains uncertain

The franchise, in an official statement, revealed that Healy will be under the careful management of Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket New South Wales (CNSW) Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) team. While her recovery timeline remains uncertain, the team is closely monitoring her progress, with a clearer picture expected to emerge over the coming weeks.

Expressing her disappointment, Healy shared, “This is not the news I was hoping for because I love playing in the WBBL and I love the Sydney Sixers. My focus now will be on making a full recovery and returning to play when the time is right.”

Despite her absence from the field, Healy has pledged her commitment to the team, stating that she will continue to offer her support and experience to the Sydney Sixers squad during the tournament. Reflecting on her role, she added, “I’ll enjoy being able to watch the WBBL from afar as the tournament continues to go from strength to strength.”

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In the event of Healy missing part of the India tour, it is anticipated that Beth Mooney, a seasoned cricketer, will take over the wicket-keeping duties, while another batter would be called up to bolster the team’s batting lineup.

Healy has been a vital asset to the Australian team, stepping in as captain during Meg Lanning’s absence for the Women’s Ashes and the recent series against West Indies. The India tour is expected to commence with a Test match shortly before Christmas, followed by a series of white-ball fixtures, leaving fans hopeful for Healy’s swift recovery and return to the cricket field.

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This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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