Mitchell Starc has stayed back in Bangladesh to support his girlfriend and Australia women's team wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc has stayed back in Bangladesh to support his girlfriend and Australia women’s team wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy © Getty Images

 

Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014

 

Behind every successful woman, there is a man. At least Australian women’s team stumper, Alyssa Healy would not find any reason to differ.

 

As the Australian women’s team went through the paces on the eve of their ICC Womens World T20 2014 semi-final against the West Indies on Thursday, a strapping young man was seen entering the Club House arena of the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium unnoticed.

 

It was Mitchell Starc, the Australian fast bowler, who has stayed back to support his girlfriend Alyssa for her important knock-out matches.

 

Wearing a black polo neck and white three-quarters, Starc quietly entered and showed his ticket to the security staff, which guided him towards the VIP lounge.

 

When asked if he was there to support the women’s team, he replied, “Yeah, mate.”

 

“They have done much better than the men’s team, haven’t they?” Starc replied to the query.

 

When asked specifically if he had stayed back to support Alyssa, he said, “Yeah, I have definitely come to support her and hope she does well.

 

“I have just stayed back to spend some time with her,” he smiled as he stopped the lift to speak.

 

Well, Starc’s presence certainly made the difference as Healy’s 21-ball-30 was an important factor in the team’s eight-run win.

 

Alyssa is also the niece of former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy.