Perfect match: Alyssa Healy-Mitchell Starc become first couple to win best player at World Cups

first_imgAustralia defeated England by eight wickets to win their fourth Women’s World T20 title in Antigua on Sunday.Alyssa Healy was adjudged the player-of-the-tournament, as she scored 225 runs at an average of 56.25, including two fifties and a couple of forties.The final match saw the Southern Stars bowl England out for 105 in 19.4 overs and then chased it down with easy in the 16th over with Healy scoring 22 while captain Meg Lanning made 28 not out.Healy and her husband Mitchell Starc, who represents the Australian men’s cricket team, thus, became the first couple to win the best player awards at a cricket World Cup.Starc had won the honour at the 50-over World Cup in 2015, after his impressive haul of 22 wickets from eight matches. He had also finished with the best strike rate by any bowler and the best average and economy rate.Also read – Alyssa Healy proud after Mitchell Starc pockets historic hat-trickSince meeting as nine-years-olds on a cricket pitch, when the pair were giving trials for Sydney’s Northern District Cricket Association, the love story between Healy and Starc has been nothing short of a fairytale.The pair tied the knot in April 2015 and have been together for six-and-a-half years now.Also read – Mitchell Starc proud of wife Alyssa Healy’s historic ODI hundred”Lucky I brought my golf bag!”After four Player of the Match awards, there is absolutely no surprise that Alyssa Healy is your 2018 World T20 Player of the Tournament!#WT20 pic.twitter.com/3yrwjzRpdPadvertisementAustralian Women’s Cricket Team (@SouthernStars) November 25, 2018″Lucky I got my golf bag so that I can put some extra stuff. The girls played beautifully tonight,” Healy said after receiving the player-of-the-tournament award along with her four player-of-the-match awards in the tournament.”Really proud. A team effort. I’ve just really enjoyed the freedom at the top and play some fearless cricket. Looking forward to play in the Big Bash and see if I can continue. Very special. We worked really hard to build on that culture. With the group’s that we’ve got there’s many more to come,” she said at the post match presentation.Also read – Australia win 4th title with 8-wicket win over England”(Winning World T20) 2010 is still my favourite, but this one might top it. It’s an amazing place to tour and the people here are really friendly. It’s a fun place to tour,” she added.Earlier in the tournament, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp of South Africa became the first married couple to bat together in an ICC tournament.Read – 1st married couple to bat together in an ICC tournamentThe couple were involved in a 67-run partnership for the third wicket as South Africa stormed to victory against Sri Lanka in the Women’s World T20 group stage.Also watch –last_img

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