Alyssa Healy named ICC Player of the Month for April

Alyssa Healy in action. © ICC

Australian opener Alyssa Healy has been selected as the ICC Player of the Month for April 2021, courtesy of her performance during the New Zealand tour. ICC made the announcement on Monday (May 10).

Healy, who topped the batting charts in the ODI series against the White Ferns, scored 155 runs at 51.66 in three matches. She played a crucial role in helping the Australian team complete a 3-0 sweep against their trans-Tasman rivals.

Speaking about the selection, ICC voting academy member and journalist Elizabeth Ammon said that Healy’s consistency with the bat had a significant part in Australia’s dominance. “To be so consistent for such a long period of time shows what a vital part of the Australian team she is and one of the leading lights in women’s cricket.”

ICC started the player of the month award in January this year. Shabnim Ismail was the inaugural winner, while Tammy Beaumont and Lizelle Lee won the awards in February and March respectively.

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With the clean sweep against New Zealand in the ODIs, the Australian women surpassed their male counterpart’s 21-match winning streak. Healy is one among the four players who were a part of all 24 wins.

During the ODI series against New Zealand, the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batter joined the likes of Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell as one of only three women to have played 200 matches for Australia.

Since the 2017 ODI World Cup, Healy has been one of the most consistent batters and the leading run-scorer in the 50-over format. She has made 1432 runs in 27 matches at 55.07, striking at 106.86.