Alyssa Healy's response after Aussie cricketers cop 'ridiculous' snub

The star's comments come after an astonishing snub for the all-conquering Aussie women's side.

Seen left, Alyssa Healy and her all-conquering Aussie women's cricket teammates after winning the T20 World Cup.
Alyssa Healy has addressed the controversial snub that saw the all-conquering Aussie women's cricket side overlooked for the Laureus team of the year nominations. Pic: Getty

Alyssa Healy has given a classy take on her Aussie women's cricket side following a controversial snub from the Laureus World Sports Awards. Healy's all-conquering Australian women's cricket team were not up for team of the year honours when the prestigious awards announced their nominations last week.

The Aussies made a mockery of an awards snub that was labelled 'ridiculous' by many critics, after adding another trophy to their bulging cabinet by beating South Africa to win the T20 World Cup on Sunday night. The Aussies successfully defended the crown they won in 2020 with a 19-run victory over the host nation in Cape Town, making it back-to-back-to-back titles in the event.

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Beth Mooney made 74 not out off 53 balls to help the Aussies reach 6-156 after batting first at Newlands. They then restricted the Proteas to 6-137 after a clinical performance with the ball to lift the T20 World Cup for the third time in a row and the sixth time in the last seven editions.

Despite that unprecedented level of success on the world stage in women's cricket, the Aussie side was completely overlooked for the Laureus team of the year. Instead, organisers opted to nominate the Argentina men's football team, England women's football team, France men's rugby team, Golden State Warriors NBA team and the Red Bull F1 team.

Considering the awards are supposed to recognise the best athletes and teams all around the world, the snub against the Aussie women's cricket side left many fans and sports commentators seething. After all, the Aussie side won the ODI World Cup, Ashes and Commonwealth Games gold medal in a record-breaking 2022 that saw them win 12 of 13 matches played, with one tie representing their only blemish.

Alyssa Healy hails all-conquering Aussie side

Healy was asked about her team on Channel Nine and if they can be regarded as the best ever, giving a perfect response. "I think what we have managed to achieve - this is the second three-peat we have achieved in this format which is pretty remarkable when you think about how fickle the T20 game can be," Healy said on the Today Show. "It's an unbelievable group.

"I'm grateful every day that I get to pull on the Australian shirt and run around with these girls because they are amazing people. To get the job done over here was amazing."

Australia beat South Africa in the final to win the T20 World Cup final. Image: Getty
Australia beat South Africa in the final to win the T20 World Cup final. Image: Getty

Healy said while she'd leave it up to fans to decide whether they were the best team in the world, she had no doubts the current Aussie women's cricket team is "most definitely the best" she's ever played in. The star wicketkeeper-batter said to clinch the World Cup against South Africa in front of the Proteas' own raucous fans, was extra special.

" The kind-of 12th man for South Africa was the crowd, they rode every single ball, even down to the last one when they needed 20-odd," Healy added. "I think that is one of the best parts of our game at the moment, and in particular our team, we get to be a part of these incredible moments and I think... what was achieved in Cape Town by this South African team was incredible.

" They filled Newlands (Cricket Ground) which was pretty cool, and for us to be a part of it and get the win was extra special. Hopefully it means great things for women's cricket in this country moving forward."

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