Australian Power Couple Mitchell Starc And Alyssa Healy Celebrate WTC Final Win With Beers At Oval, Check HERE
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc picked up 4 wickets in the World Test Championship Final against India at the Oval in London.
Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy are the unofficial power couple in Australia cricket. While Starc in the men’s cricket team’s premier pacer, his wife Alyssa Healy is the wicketkeeper and opener in the Australian women cricket team.
Together Starc and Healy have now won 3 ICC Trophy titles in the last three years – 2020 Women’s World Cup, 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup and 2023 World Test Championship now. Healy was at the Oval in London for the WTC Final between India and Australia last week and the duo were seen sharing a beer to celebrate Australia’s 209-run win over India on Sunday.
ICC tweeted pictures of Starc and Healy with the caption, “Two superstars of the game. How many ICC trophies between these two?”
Meanwhile, one of the finest pacers of the current generation, Starc keeps away from the franchise cricket, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), despite the handsome money on offer as he wants to be at his ‘best’ playing for Australia. For Starc, playing Test cricket for Australia is paramount, a path he hopes many youngsters will follow in future.
Several colleagues of Starc have appeared in various T20 leagues across the globe such as Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Big Bash, but the left-arm pacer has managed to stay away from the lure.
“I enjoyed it (IPL), likewise I enjoyed my time at Yorkshire 10 years ago, but Australia will always sit at the top. I don’t regret any of it, money will come and go but I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had,” Starc told ‘The Guardian’ newspaper.
“Over a hundred years of Test cricket and there’s been less than 500 men who have played it for Australia, that in itself makes it very special to be a part of it. The traditionalist in me still hopes there is a generation of boys and girls who want to represent their country in Test cricket. But the easy money is in franchise cricket, it's the fast track to notoriety,” he added.
The 33-year-old, who last played franchise cricket back in 2015 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, is clear in his mind that Test cricket will remain his priority for the foreseeable future. “I’d certainly love to play in the IPL again, but my goal for a long time has been to be at my best for Australia, no matter the format,” Starc asserted.
Australia defeated India by 209 runs to lift their maiden World Test Championship mace on the Sunday. The men from Down Under now have all ICC titles, having already won the ODI and T20 World Cups and the Champions Trophy. “There’s nothing I love more in cricket than to sit back with my teammates at the end of a Test win and reflect on the success we've had that week. To be able to pull on the baggy green with a lot of my close mates, guys I've grown up in the game with,” Starc said.
(with PTI inputs)