Australian wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy has officially assumed the captaincy of Australia's women's cricket team in all three formats, succeeding the retired skipper Meg Lanning.
Having led Australia in recent series against England, Ireland, and the West Indies since June, the 33-year-old Healy has now been appointed as the full-time captain. Tahlia McGrath, fresh from guiding the Adelaide Strikers to consecutive titles in the women's Big Bash League, has been named vice captain at 28 and is positioned to eventually take over the leadership from Healy.
Expressing her gratitude, Healy, who is married to Australian men's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, stated, "I am honoured to accept the role of captain and am grateful for the opportunity to lead our team." She highlighted the support she received from the players and expressed excitement about the evolving talent within the team.
Lanning, who retired from international cricket last month after nearly a decade in charge, achieved significant success, leading Australia to four Twenty20 World Cup titles, a 50-over World Cup triumph, and a Commonwealth Games gold.
Cricket Australia's executive general manager Ben Oliver expressed confidence in Healy's leadership, stating, "Alyssa brings a wealth of experience to the role, and we have great confidence in her ability to successfully lead the Australian women's team in tandem with Tahlia as vice captain." Lanning will continue to participate in domestic competitions.