Alyssa Healy (left) and Tahlia McGrath (right) will take the reins as the new captain and vice-captain. (Photos: Aus Women's Cricket/Adelaide Strikers)

Australian star wicketkeeper batter Alyssa Healy was officially unveiled as the next Australian Women’s Cricket Team captain after the retirement of the outgoing Meg Lanning.

Ahead of this month’s series against India, new captain Alyssa Healy was unveiled on Saturday morning, alongside new deputy captain Tahlia McGrath.

Having filled in the role in the absence of her predecessor, Meg Lanning, Healy was the front-runner after watching Lanning shoulder the responsibility for close to a decade. This is in addition to her 255-game international career, which has spanned a similar period of time.

She has captained her state of New South Wales since 2018 in one-day cricket, and was also the vice-captain of the Sydney Sixers WBBL team until WBBL|07.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of High Performance and National Teams Ben Oliver spoke about Healy’s credentials.

“Alyssa is an outstanding player and leader who has earned enormous respect both on and off the field,” Oliver said.

“Alyssa brings a wealth of experience to the role, and we have great confidence in her ability to successfully lead the Australian women’s team in tandem with Tahlia as vice-captain.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a talented and experienced group of players who will provide great support to Alyssa and Tahlia as the team evolves and seeks to build on its outstanding performances.”

Speaking on Saturday about the appointment, Healy was ‘honoured’.

“I am honoured to accept the role of captain and am grateful for the opportunity to lead our team,” she said.

“I’ve really enjoyed the support of the players over the past few months and their encouragement to continue to be who I am and lead the group like I normally would from within.

“My approach will remain consistent to what it has been previously, but I’ll make my own mark on the role and be sure that I’m doing the best I possibly can for this group to maintain the success that we’ve had.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved with this team, we’re seeing the emergence of incredible young talent and are challenging ourselves to continually evolve as a group.”

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The appointment of vice-captain Tahlia McGrath was also not surprising, with her rise coming in the last few seasons since her return to the national side.

Fresh off captaining the Adelaide Strikers WBBL team to back-to-back titles, she has become a key cog in the national side and even taken the captaincy this year in July.

She also spoke about the opportunity of leading her country and doing so alongside Healy.

“It’s a privilege to have been offered the vice-captaincy of the Australian women’s team and I’m excited to support Alyssa as she takes on the captaincy,” she said.

“Alyssa and I have played together for a long time, we know our respective leadership styles well and I look forward to helping her lead our group as we embark on a busy, but exciting international schedule.”

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