AUS-W vs SA-W: Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy indulge in a hilarious banter during live commentary; video goes viral


Cricket fans around the world were treated to not just a thrilling on-field encounter in the second ODI of the three-match series between Australia and South Africa but also an unexpected and delightful banter between the power couple Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy. The dynamic duo, who often support each other in their respective matches, found themselves in a unique situation this time, with Starc in the commentator’s role and Healy leading the Australian side against South Africa.

Micthell Starc’s curious question

As Starc took on the responsibilities of a commentator, he didn’t hold back in questioning Healy’s strategies during the match. In a moment of playful banter, Starc asked Healy whether bowlers Megan Schutt and Kimmie Garth could have been a bit fuller in their deliveries to tempt the South African batters.

“Saw the length of the opening pair there, Schutt (Megan) and Kimmie Garth. You reckon they could have bowled a fraction fuller with the help of the wicket. You got the catchers there for Garth… who bowled a holding length and really disciplined lines and length… but maybe a fraction fuller to get those edges,” Starc suggested.

Alyssa Healy’s hilarious retort

Healy, known for her wit and humour, responded to Starc’s question in a light-hearted manner. She took a playful dig at her husband, labelling his suggestion as ‘highly critical’ with a grin on her face. Not stopping there, Healy also provided a strategic explanation behind the bowlers’ lengths.

“I think if we are being highly critical, like you are suggesting, then yes, potentially, then Kimmie Garth could have come maybe a fraction fuller but that is the natural length that she likes to hit and that’s her role within our team as well – to get the ball moving and to keep it tight down that end as well. So, yes if we are being ultra-critical then maybe,” responded Healy.

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The exchange between Starc and Healy didn’t just entertain the viewers but also had the entire commentary box bursting into laughter, and the camaraderie between the cricketing couple showcased a lighter side of the game.

Here’s the video:

About the match

As far as the match is concerned, South Africa delivered an outstanding performance in the rain-affected encounter, securing a resounding victory with an impressive 84-run margin to level the three-match series. The standout player of the match was Marizanne Kapp, who not only showcased her prowess by claiming three crucial wickets but also contributed significantly with an impressive 75-run innings.

Also WATCH: Marizanne Kapp bowls a brilliant nip-backer to dismiss Beth Mooney as South Africa beat Australia in 2nd Women’s ODI

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