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Alyssa Healy in 'vicious' dog attack amid surprise Big Bash withdrawal

The stand-in Australian captain was a shock withdrawal from the Sydney Sixers XI.

Alyssa Healy giving the thumbs up and Healy walking off.
Aussie cricket star Alyssa Healy (pictured left) underwent surgery after a dog attack, which forced her to miss the Sydney Sixers game. (Images: Instagram/Getty Images)

Alyssa Healy has spoken about her 'gory' dog incident after teammates revealed the wicketkeeper missed the women's Big Bash game on the weekend after a dog bite at her home. Healy was a surprise late withdrawal from the Sydney Sixers' WBBL match against the Sydney Thunder on the weekend.

Healy took to Instagram on the weekend to post a photo of her hand in a bandage, which left fans baffled. And the Sydney Sixers confirmed Healy underwent surgery on the unknown injury before the game.

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And on Monday, after fellow players had revealed the drama, Healy spoke to reporters and confirmed the incident was surprising but she was fine. “I’ve got two puppy dogs, who were having a bit of a rough and tumble,” Healy said on Monday.

“It got a little bit more than that, and I unfortunately got my hand in the wrong place at the wrong time. My right index finger took a bit of a battering. That’s basically all there is to it. It’s not all that exciting. There doesn’t need to be any more detail than that.

"It was quite gory. They’re probably worse for wear than I was. But we’re all friends, we all sat on the couch together last night and debriefed the situation, so we’re all getting along fine.”

Fans were left in the dark over Healy's withdrawal from the T20 clash on the weekend. But in a big reveal, Thunder rival Phoebe Litchfield spoke to Fox Sports after the Thunder's win over the Sixers and said the national star had been involved in a scary incident.

"It sounded like a pretty vicious dog attack, and I don't know if this is public, just a lacerated finger I'm pretty sure, so hopefully she's alright," Litchfield said of Healy. Ellyse Perry revealed she had spoken to her national teammate and her teammates were rallying around her.

“I had a few chats with Midge last night; a couple of the girls have been in touch with her,” Perry said. “She’s had a big day and she’s recovering. She certainly knows that the whole group’s thoughts are with her.

Alyssa Healy (pictured) posted a photo of her injury after the dog attack. (Image: Instagram)
Alyssa Healy (pictured) posted a photo of her injury after the dog attack. (Image: Instagram)

“We’ll hopefully get to see her in the next little bit, and give her a big hug. It was a very freak accident, I guess. I’m not across what it was. It was something at home.

“We’re just sending lost of thoughts and best wishes to her, because she’s going to have a recovery period. It would have been a really awful situation.”

Alyssa Healy walks off.
Alyssa Healy (pictured) was a shock absence against the Sydney Thunder on the weekend after her injury. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images) (Mark Evans via Getty Images)

Alyssa Healy recovery time remains unknown

Healy's injury could see her miss a number of weeks from the tournament. And while her teammates remain confident she will return, Sixers head Rachael Haynes said the next fortnight would be important for Healy with her return date remaining a mystery.

"I spoke to her family and she's certainly in good spirits and we will be in the position probably over the next couple of days to clarify all the information around that," Haynes told Fox Sports.

Healy recently took as captain of the white-ball formats in the absence of Meg Lanning. The wicketkeeper batter led Australia to a series win over the West Indies in the One Day International and T20 series', despite a drop in form from the Aussie team since the tied Ashes series.

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