Watch Alyssa Healy Catch Ball Dropped From Same Height As MCG Light Tower
Is there anything the best wicket-keeper batter in the country can't do?
Alyssa Healy has had a fair old cricket season.
Back in November, she was leading run-scorer and player-of-the-tournament as Australia won the Women's T20 World Cup in the West Indies.
Back home, she had a stellar season for the Sydney Sixers, then won three awards -- the gongs for One Day and T20 International player of the year, as well as the Belinda Clark Award for Australia's best female cricketer -- at the Australian Cricket Awards.
And now she's a Guinness World Records holder.
At the MCG on Thursday, Healy claimed the record for the Highest Catch of a Cricket Ball. Which is kind of confusing when you think about it, because it sounds like she was on a mountain or something, and someone threw the ball up to her.
But no, she was on flat ground and the ball came down to her from great height.
Specifically, Healy was on the MCG and a ball was dropped from a drone hovering at the same height as the top of the light towers -- a dizzying 82.5 metres above the hallowed turf of the 'G.
She didn't get it right first time, but hey, this was no easy challenge. That thing swirled around like crazy. Third time lucky, in the gloves it went. And Healy proceeded to carry on like a bit of a pork chop -- her words, not ours!
"I didn’t want everyone to come, and not get the record, so when I’d secured it in the gloves, I carried on like a bit of a pork chop," she admitted.
"I was overjoyed to break the record."
Tickets for the T20 World Cup Australia 2020 go on sale on Thursday. The 10-team tournament starts on February 21 and the final will be played at the MCG on March 8.
On that day, a much more important record might be broken. If it's a sell-out or close to it, the world record for the largest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture would be set.
Fans can get their tickets to all 23 matches, including the final, at the official tournament website here.