Alyssa Healy into Guinness Records with drone-dropped highest catch
Alyssa Healy celebrates her record catch at the MCG. (Image: @cricketcomau)

Australia wicketkeeper-opener Alyssa Healy has put her name into the Guinness Book of World Records after holding the highest catch recorded.

Healy held a ball dropped from a drone 80 meters above the Melbourne Cricket Ground, thus outdoing the previous record of 62 meters held by England’s Kristan Baumgartner in 2016.

After breaking the record of 64 metres, Healy then set new benchmarks of 70 and 80 metres.

“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,” said Healy. “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’s record-setting 2018 earlier this month fetched her three prizes at the annual Australian Cricket Awards, including the Belinda Clark Award in recognition of being the most prized member of the Australian women’s team.

The 28-year-old came up with some superb performances in 2018, most notably in the team’s title run at the ICC Women’s World T20 where she scored 225 runs in six matches to be named Player of the Tournament as well as the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year last year.

Healy finished as the World T20’s leading run-getter with 225 at an average of 56.25 and strike-rate of 144.23 with four consecutive Player-of-the-Match awards. Her contributions helped Australia storm into the final against England Women, who were defeated by eight wickets in Antigua to claim their fourth world title in T20Is.