Southern Stars wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy set a new world record as she entered the Guinness Record books for taking the highest catch. Alyssa caught the ball which was dropped from a height of 80 meters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as part of the promotions for the ICC T20 World Cup next year. The ICC T20 World Cup will take place in Australia. It is the highest successful catch completed by a cricketer recorded. The ball was dropped from a drone from 80 meters in height. The record was previously held by Kristan Baumgartner of England in 2016.
Here is the video of the historic moment:
“It’s a nice correlation between what the ICC and Cricket Australia are trying to work towards in breaking the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture for the final on International Women’s Day,” Healy said.
“It was a thrill to be part of a world record so, for everyone out there in Australia and around the world that wants to do the same thing, it’s easy for everyone to jump online and buy tickets to be part of something special. Hopefully the whole of Australia get behind it!” she added.
The 28-year-old had attempted a 64-metre catch before the record but was unsuccessful.
“After I didn’t get a hand on the first practice and then the next one went straight through my gloves there was cause for concern. You don’t get the cue from the ball going up in the air off the bat and it was swinging a lot on the way down because it just gets dropped.
“As you can tell in the video, it was pure elation to get it, 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, but overjoyed to break the record,” Healy explained.