A ‘vicious canine assault’ might spell the top of Alyssa Healy’s WBBL marketing campaign after the freak damage dominated her out of the Sydney Smash in opposition to the Thunder.
The Sixers’ wicketkeeper injured her hand at residence on Saturday evening and required rapid surgical procedure on Sunday.
Preliminary particulars of the incident weren’t clear, with the Sixers confirming that it was a “home accident”.
Nonetheless, her Australian teammate Phoebe Litchfield confirmed after the conflict that Healy was dominated out as a consequence of a canine assault.
“I truly didn’t know till I turned up at present so I hope she’s OK,” Litchfield stated on Fox Cricket’s The Blast.
“It simply appeared like a fairly vicious canine assault, and I don’t know if that is public.
“Only a lacerated finger I’m fairly certain, so hopefully she’s alright and will get all the assistance she wants.”
Healy’s loss was felt by the Sixers within the 42-run loss to the Thunder. It means final yr’s runners-up begin the season 0-2, and captain Ellyse Perry prompt that the wicketkeeper has a prolonged restoration interval forward.
“It was a really freak accident,” Perry stated. “I’m not throughout what it was, it was one thing at residence.
“We’re sending numerous ideas and finest needs to her as a result of she’s going to have a restoration interval forward and it will have been a extremely terrible scenario.”
Perry confirmed that she had been in contact with Healy for the reason that damage occurred and that she was in good spirits.
Healy took to Instagram herself to thank followers for his or her effectively needs, whereas additionally including a little bit of humour to the scenario by asking recommendation on tie her hair one-handed.
The 33-year-old might be seen with a significant forged on her arm, with solely her thumb not encased.
The compact nature of the WBBL implies that there are lower than six weeks till the top of the competitors. Healy will probably miss the remainder of the season with the incumbent nationwide captain’s focus turning to recovering forward of Australia’s multi-format tour of India in December.
“It’s an enormous blow,” Perry stated. “It’s not only a blow for us, it’s a blow for the match as a result of she’s probably the most thrilling and mercurial gamers on this planet.
“When you could have a participant like that lacking for a time period, it’s going to be a blow for our group. She’s a giant character and the lifeblood of the crew. Nonetheless lengthy we miss her for, it’s going to be a bummer.”
The damage implies that teenager Kate Pelle will assume wicketkeeping duties for the Sixers transferring ahead.
Pelle performed an vital position for Australia on this yr’s under-19 World Cup in South Africa.
Whereas Perry admitted the late nature of Healy’s damage was barely disruptive, it wasn’t responsible for the Sixers’ disappointing displaying in opposition to the Thunder.
“It’s disruptive nevertheless it doesn’t play an element when you get out on the sphere,” Perry stated.
“The women have been throughout what was occurring with Alyssa. We additionally had Mathilda Carmichael go down yesterday at coaching.
“These issues are going to occur throughout the course of the season. Sadly for us, it’s occurred in clumps in the intervening time.”