Mitchell Starc gets hitched to Southern Stars keeper Alyssa Healy

first_imgAustralian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and his cricketer girlfriend, Southern Stars wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, tied the knot on Saturday. The couple have been friends since childhood but started dating only a couple of years back.Starc and Healy took their vows at a beautiful beachfront location in the presence of a number of Starc’s New South Wales teammates. Healy and Starc took to Instagram and Facebook to make the big announcement with Healy captioning the picture – “Marry your best friend”. Fellow Australia bowlers Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also attended the function, as did NSW teammates Nic Maddinson and Sean Abbott and the group posed for a beachside photo with their respective partners. Many of the Starc’s Australia teammates are competing at the Indian Premier League, a tournament the fast bowler is missing as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery. Healy’s Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teammate Ellyse Perry also took to Instagram, sharing a pic of Healy with the caption: “My sister (from another mister) got married today! And she looked absolutely stunning!” “Just before his first Australian tour to India (in October 2010) we had a two to three-week period where we pretty much hung out every day,” Healy told News Ltd in 2013. “Just before he flew out we questioned what was going on and whether this was actually happening. We kind of just fell into it, being friends for a period of time before that. It just happened.”Healy had played for the Australian women’s team in limited overs cricket before the pair began dating, but they were there for each other’s Test debut. When their schedules allow, it’s not uncommon to see one of the two in the stands cheering the other person.advertisement”We don’t talk too much cricket,” Healy said last year of life at home with Starc. “It does find its way onto the TV a fair bit, especially with the Big Bash on and domestic cricket around the country. We try and leave the cricket side to our coaches and teammates when we are on tour, and when you get home it is nice to have somebody else to talk to away from the game. And maybe remind you why you play cricket when times get tough.””Obviously we are in a pretty unique position. It is nice to have someone who understands what you are going through. “But not too much cricket is spoken about around the dinner table, it’s more about other interests we have in common.”Healy has padded up to face her now-husband in the nets, but admitted it was not her favourite way to spend time together. “When Mitch was coming back from injury I put the pads on and faced him in the nets, but we don’t do that kind of thing too often,” Healy told the Guardian last winter. “It is not my first choice to be down the other end when he is bowling, and I don’t think it is his first choice either. “If we go down the park we would normally take a footy, or do something other than cricket related.”last_img read more