Popular cricket player of Australian cricket team: Ian Healy
Popular Australian cricket player Ian Healy was a pertinent base for the Australian cricket team. He was an outstanding wicket-keeper and with his beneficial right-hand middle-order batting style, he was able to make his successful entry into the arena of International cricket in 1988 after being a part of only 6 first-class matches.
Healy made four first-class centuries in the test matches and proved to be quite an asset for his team with his ODI innings wherein he made of score of 83.8 runs per 100 balls at an average of 21. He also captained his team during eight ODIs when Mark Taylor was injured. He entered the cricket arcade as a surprise selection in late 1988 but once he was settled, he proved his worth in the Test innings. In 1989 whilst the tour of England, he took 14 catches even though his batting averaged at 17.16. Australia regained the Ashes with its win of 4-0 and over the next seven Test innings against Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the season of 1989-90, Healy held 23 catches and hit a recorded top score of 48 runs! It was during the tour of England when Healy made his first maiden Test century.
In 1998, Healy managed to set a world record of 355 dismissals which broke Rod Marsh’s record. It was this determined player’s 104th Test and he ended the innings with 395 dismissals in total over a total of 119 Tests.
Healy was an asset for the Australian cricket team: a realization that emerged when the Australian Cricket Board chose him as the Wicketkeeper of the 20th Century. Not to forget that he was also given the honor of being the Wisden Cricket of the Year in 1994 and taking into account his post-retirement, he is now a cricket commentator and works as a news presenter for Channel Nine in Brisbane, and also coaches the Somerville House cricket team! Healy was inducted into the prestigious Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2008.