Healy '100%' keen on Australia captaincy, lauds 'unmatched' Lanning

Healy '100%' keen on Australia captaincy, lauds 'unmatched' Lanning

Alyssa Healy is confident she will be fit for the tour of India and has confirmed she wants to take over the Australian captaincy full-time following the retirement of Meg Lanning.
Healy has deputized for Lanning for the past 12 months – on a tour of India, for the Ashes in England and in the recent series against the West Indies – but a decision now needs to be made on who will take on the role long-term, After Lanning ended his career at the age of 31, with a T20 World Cup and an ODI in the next two years, plus a home Ashes next summer.

After the tour of England earlier this year, Healy spoke of finding the added burden of captaincy a difficult task to handle along with his handling and batting, but that has not dampened his enthusiasm for the job.

“I’ve been anticipating Meg coming back, but at the end of the day, the decision of who will be the next captain is up to the powers that be, whether they’re looking long-term or short-term.” “I’m not 100% sure about that,” she said. “I’ve tried it very well and, yes, I would 100% raise my hand to do it again if asked. But that’s for someone else to decide, and if it’s someone else, I’ll gladly support them and treat them as best I can for the rest of my career.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself but also a lot about our group and potentially what we need to do to continue to evolve. I’ve had to learn along the way how we’re going to do that and how I can try to help the players better.” to do that. “It has been a fun learning experience and I am grateful at 33 years old to have had the opportunity to learn more about myself as a player.”

Reflecting on Lanning’s career, which included four consecutive World Cup titles in both formats, Healy believed it put her at the pinnacle of achievement in Australian cricket.

“She just grew a little bit more in the role, became more confident as a leader,” Healy said. “We all knew her abilities as a player, but what she did as captain also improved those abilities as a player… and made her more determined to go out and win the game for her country, which as a teammate doesn’t get much better than that.

“The success rate she had as captain and the number of victories and trophies we won under her, I think is quite unparalleled in the women’s and men’s game. Her legacy as a leader in Australian cricket will be remembered for much longer than her incredible skills on the field.”

The squad for the tour of India is expected to be named next week and Healy’s name will be there, but she will still have to prove her recovery from the serious finger injury she suffered when her dog bit her at home last month. . Healy added that his main concern was the impact on his batting rather than wicketkeeping. The tour begins with a Test match on December 21.

“It’s hard to give you a direct answer [answer], but everything is going very well,” he said. “As far as you can tell, everything is going according to plan. In my head I am playing that Test match but it will all depend on how my finger works and if I can do my job properly to play a Test in India.

“I have a lot of confidence [and] “Everyone in charge seems very confident that it will happen, but at the moment we are just being very patient, letting it heal and then we can try to get a little closer to the time.”