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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Healy defends the pay gap in Aussie cricket


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In a bold move, Australia’s number one female cricketer Alyssa Healy has defended Cricket Australia’s decision to pay their female stars less than the men – despite the women’s team well out-performing their male counterparts.

Addressing the controversial issue in a sit down interview with 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley, Healy argued that while Australia is heading in the right direction of equal pay for the men’s and women’s sides – it’s not happening any time soon, and nor should it.

“I'm realistic in saying that it's the men's team are bringing in most of the money,” said Healy.

“And they deserve the amount of money that they're getting, while we keep building our game. I've got no doubt that one day the women's game will do exactly the same.”

Healey at the bat for Australia

Healy’s husband - fellow cricketer, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc – also weighed in on the pay discrepancy debate.

When asked by Charles Wooley if his wife should receive an equal salary to his in the Australian men’s cricket team, Starc was ambivalent.

“It's not for me to determine what I get paid and what she gets paid,” he said.

 “That’s up to Cricket Australia.”

Healey at the bat for Australia

But Alyssa Healy remains hopeful that equal pay for female cricketers is on the horizon.

“There’s more opportunities for young girls and older girls like me to go out and play for their country and actually get paid for what we’re doing,” she told Wooley.

“So I think that’s pretty special.” 

In a candid interview with 60 Minutes, Healy and Starc opened up on their status as the ‘power couple’ of Australian cricket and how they support one another through career highs and lows.

Alyssa Healey and Mitchell Starc

“Whether it be a really good day, whether it be a bad day or an indifferent day, we kind of know exactly what one another's going through and when we need a little bit of a pick me up or a bit of a kick up the bum if need be,” Healy said.

“We’re really lucky that we both do what we do and we can support one another properly.”

Mitchell Starc is himself a champion player, a winner at home and overseas – including playing a crucial part in the winning 2015 Cricket World Cup team.

But with the phenomenal rise of the women’s game, and the fact Healy’s team is currently outshining the men’s side, it’s Alyssa’s time to shine.

Healy breaks world record

Healy is currently Australia’s number one female cricketer of the year and arguably one of the greatest players internationally.

She’s taking it all in her stride – and enjoying every last minute of her domestic and international success, together with her husband.

“We're young, we're doing what we love, we're travelling the world playing cricket and ultimately getting paid for it,” she said.

“We're sharing it together, which is pretty bloody awesome if you ask me.”

To watch ‘Mrs Cricket’ and for more on 60 Minutes, visit the official website.

In a bold move, Australia’s number one female cricketer Alyssa Healy has defended Cricket Australia’s decision to pay their female stars less than the men – despite the women’s team well out-performing their male counterparts.

Addressing the controversial issue in a sit down interview with 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley, Healy argued that while Australia is heading in the right direction of equal pay for the men’s and women’s sides – it’s not happening any time soon, and nor should it.

“I'm realistic in saying that it's the men's team are bringing in most of the money,” said Healy.

“And they deserve the amount of money that they're getting, while we keep building our game. I've got no doubt that one day the women's game will do exactly the same.”

Healey at the bat for Australia

Healy’s husband - fellow cricketer, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc – also weighed in on the pay discrepancy debate.

When asked by Charles Wooley if his wife should receive an equal salary to his in the Australian men’s cricket team, Starc was ambivalent.

“It's not for me to determine what I get paid and what she gets paid,” he said.

 “That’s up to Cricket Australia.”

Healey at the bat for Australia

But Alyssa Healy remains hopeful that equal pay for female cricketers is on the horizon.

“There’s more opportunities for young girls and older girls like me to go out and play for their country and actually get paid for what we’re doing,” she told Wooley.

“So I think that’s pretty special.” 

In a candid interview with 60 Minutes, Healy and Starc opened up on their status as the ‘power couple’ of Australian cricket and how they support one another through career highs and lows.

Alyssa Healey and Mitchell Starc

“Whether it be a really good day, whether it be a bad day or an indifferent day, we kind of know exactly what one another's going through and when we need a little bit of a pick me up or a bit of a kick up the bum if need be,” Healy said.

“We’re really lucky that we both do what we do and we can support one another properly.”

Mitchell Starc is himself a champion player, a winner at home and overseas – including playing a crucial part in the winning 2015 Cricket World Cup team.

But with the phenomenal rise of the women’s game, and the fact Healy’s team is currently outshining the men’s side, it’s Alyssa’s time to shine.

Healy breaks world record

Healy is currently Australia’s number one female cricketer of the year and arguably one of the greatest players internationally.

She’s taking it all in her stride – and enjoying every last minute of her domestic and international success, together with her husband.

“We're young, we're doing what we love, we're travelling the world playing cricket and ultimately getting paid for it,” she said.

“We're sharing it together, which is pretty bloody awesome if you ask me.”

To watch ‘Mrs Cricket’ and for more on 60 Minutes, visit the official website.

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