Alyssa Healy stole the show at the Australian Cricket Awards on Monday night.
She comfortably won the Belinda Clark Award as Australia’s top women’s cricketer ahead of Megan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardiner.
And she swept the women’s awards, also being named ODI and T20 player of the year, the wicketkeeper-batter rewarded for her T20 World Cup-winning heroics.
However she also arguably won best celebration.
As is customary at awards ceremonies around the world, winners like to share a nice kiss with their partner right after being named.
And Healy did exactly that with husband Mitchell Starc after winning the Belinda Clark Award, but she took things to the next level.
Making fun of the customary gesture, Healy planted a huge smooch on Starc that left her hubby cracking up.
We’re guessing she’s not a big fan of public displays of affection.
‘I’ll have to hold Mitch off on the baby front’
Healy’s breakthrough year took longer to arrive than she might have hoped, but Australia’s World Cup hero now has one enviable platform to build upon.
The niece of former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy had always been rated for her glove work but had never come close in her decade-long international career to such dominant form with the bat.
“I’ll have to hold Mitch off on the baby front and hopefully go out there and play a few more World Cups,” Healy joked.
“I’ve been told numerous times that no one peaks really until they’re 27, 28. Here I am at 28 and I’m ready to go.
“The female game’s a little bit different. Not too many players play too far past 30 with other things on offer but with the changing landscape of the women’s game, we can hopefully have extended careers further than what we thought.”
Australia’s women have another big year ahead including an Ashes series in the UK and the T20 World Cup title defence on home soil starting next February.
Healy said it had been a prized moment to accept the namesake award from retired great Belinda Clark, who had been one of her greatest supporters.
“To walk up there and accept the award from her was incredibly special,” Healy said.
“She was one of the ones that kept telling me to believe and I was talented enough and good enough if I wanted it.
“To finally sit here and feel like I am good enough is perfect.”