Australian captain Alyssa Healy has undergone surgery on her hand after a “domestic accident” at her home on Saturday evening.
The wicketkeeper was removed from the Sydney Sixers’ squad for Sunday’s WBBL match against cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval. She is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
Thunder young gun Phoebe Litchfield said on Fox Sports’ The Blast the incident was “a pretty vicious dog attack”.
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“I actually didn’t know until I turned up today, so I hope she’s OK. It just sounded like a pretty vicious dog attack, and I don’t know if this is public, so, yeah,” she said.
“Just a lacerated finger I’m pretty sure, so hopefully she’s alright and gets all the help she needs. So yeah, not sure to the extent of the injury but hope she gets better.”
Healy’s return date has not been announced, putting the 33-year-old under an injury cloud for December’s multi-format tour of India.
“I had a few chats with Midge last night; a couple of the girls have been in touch with her,” Sixers captain Ellyse Perry told reporters on Sunday evening.
“She’s had a big day and she’s recovering. She certainly knows that the whole group’s thoughts are with her.
“We’ll hopefully get to see her in the next little bit, and give her a big hug.
“It was a very freak accident, I guess. I’m not across what it was. It was something at home.
“We’re just sending lost of thoughts and best wishes to her, because she’s going to have a recovery period. It would have been a really awful situation.”
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Healy later shared an image of her heavily bandaged to Instagram, captioning the post: “Appreciate all the love. Am at home watching the girls get it done.
“Side note – if anyone knows how to do a hair tie one-handed, let me know.”
Meanwhile, Sixers batter Mathilda Carmichael was ruled out of the Sydney derby after suffering a back strain during a training session on Saturday, while bowler Gabby Sutcliffe is still unavailable for selection.
“It is disruptive,” Perry continued.
“Those things are going to happen across the course of the season. Unfortunately for us, it’s kind of happened in clumps at the moment.
“It’s a huge blow. It’s not just a blow for us, it’s a blow for the tournament, because (Healy’s) one of the most exciting and mercurial players in the world.
“It’s been wonderful to have her playing in the competition over the last nine years. Whenever a player like that’s missing for a period of time, it’s going to be a blow.
“For however long we miss her for, it’s going to be a bummer.”
The Sixers suffered a 42-run loss to the Thunder on Sunday, with Perry scoring a team-best 31 (16).
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