Alyssa Healy tipped off an incredible year after taking out two awards at the Allan Border Medal ceremony, but was strangely absent for the Women’s Cricketer of the Year announcement.
Healy won both the Women's ODI player of the year and T20 international player of the year at the Allan Border Medal.
But when it was time to announce the Belinda Clark Award for Women’s overall player of the year, she was strangely absent.
The camera panned to the top three highest polled voters but her partner Mitchell Starc appeared next to an empty chair where Healy was supposed to be positioned.
Starc made the most of the spotlight but in the end Ellyse Perry took home the top award.
While speculation suggested Healy was on the toilet, she was in fact in an unfortunately timed interview with Cricket.com.au reporter Laura Jolly.
Can confirm this is true... sorry Midge! 🙈🙈 https://t.co/jOYOarQsGf— Laura Jolly (@JollyLauz18) February 10, 2020
Alyssa Healy being in the toilet when the major women’s award is about to be announced is peak Alyssa Healy pic.twitter.com/4rWOxoPHc4— Kris Read (@DesignedToFade) February 10, 2020
Perry backs growing demands
After winning another Belinda Clark Award, star allrounder Perry said the Australian women's team is still coming to grips with increased touring demands.
Perry claimed Australian women's cricket's top individual award for the third time on Monday, edging out wicketkeeper Healy.
As Australia prepares for the Twenty20 World Cup on home soil, starting in less than two weeks, the 29-year-old says the team is trying to peak at the right time.
Australia snuck into Wednesday's tri-series final with a gutsy win against England, but they haven't been convincing during the lead-up tournament.
"We've played a lot of cricket in the last 12 months - more so than we ever have," Perry told reporters on Monday night.
"I think it's something we're still coming to grips with ... so I think initially when we've come back together, it's almost been a little bit rusty.
"As the series has gone on, and the more time we've spent together, we've been a lot more clinical in the way we've played.
"I think it's been perfect that we've had such a competitive series against two of the other nations in the world that are probably the best at the moment."
Perry had another sensational year, adding to her Belinda Clark Award wins in 2016 and 2018 - both of which also came in Ashes years.
She smashed 116 in the Test against England, then grabbed 7-22 - the best one-day bowling figures by an Australian woman.
Perry said Australia was focused on winning through to the World Cup final at the MCG on March 8.