Ian Healy

Sport, Hosts/MC's, Media

Wicketkeeper of the Century - Ian Healy was a permanent fixture in the Australian Cricket Team from 1988 to 1999, missing just one Test – because of a broken thumb, and amassing five world records along the way.

But his record-breaking efforts extend beyond his skill behind the stumps.   Healy is one of only 12 Australians to have played more than 100 Tests, and his final tally of 119 matches is the highest by any keeper in international history.

Ian is now kept very busy with business and family commitments as well as television commentary and charity work.  He possesses a very warm and friendly manner and is a fantastic keynote speaker and MC. He is well educated, articulate and has experience in a wide range of sporting and business industries.


Full Name:      Ian Andrew Healy     
Born: 30 April 1964
Nickname: Savlon, Heals
Marital Status:
Wife Helen & daughters Emma & Laura, son Tom
Favourite Meal:
Home cooking
Favourite Drink: Carlton Midstrength
Favourite Music: Contemporary - Elton John, Mariah Carey, Joshua Kaddison
Favourite Movie:
Lethal Weapon, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective
Favourite Place: Queensland.
Likes: Honesty, Catching up with friends
Dislikes: Insincerity
Most Like To Meet:
Steffi Graff
Favourite Other
Golf, Squash, Tennis
Main Ambition: Obtain a more secure future for my family.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Newlands (Sth Africa)
Best Tour:
1993 England
Best Match:
Australia vs. England 1993 1st Test Match
Biggest Thrill: National selection
Best Moment: Making 161 at the Gabba in Brisbane against the West Indies, during 1996-97 season.


Kelvin Grove Teachers Training College
Diploma of Teaching   Secondary Physical Education


Kingston State High School
Physical Education Teacher    
1988-1990 Working Director of Associated Fashions Pty Ltd, South Brisbane
1987-1999 Queensland & Australian Wicketkeeper
1992-1999 Queensland Cricket Captain
Australian Cricket Team
Nine Network Commentator & Businessman


1980                  Central Queensland Schools Rugby League    
1980 Central Queensland Soccer
1980 Central Queensland Volleyball


1968-1970     Represented The Gap Soccer Club, Brisbane and toured Sydney as a 4 year old in the U/7 age bracket    
1971 Ashgrove State School B Team Cricket
1972-1975 Represented Central Queensland & Queensland through the age groups as Cricket Captain
1975 Member of Queensland State Primary Schools Cricket Team
1976 Queensland Primary Schools Rugby League
3 Tests as Captain of Queensland State Primary Schools Cricket Team
1977-1979 Queensland Junior Cricket Captain
1980 Represented Central Queensland in Volleyball and Soccer and Queensland Schools Rugby League
1980-1983 Queensland U/19 Cricket Team (1982/83 as Captain).  In 1982 joined Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club in Brisbane
1983 Australian U/19 Youth Cricket Team to tour England
1983-1986 Captain Queensland Colts Cricket Team
1986 Queensland Sheffield Shield Squad.
1987 Queensland Sheffield Shield Team
Played 5 matches including the Shield Final in Perth.
1988 Australian Test wicketkeeper for the Test Series in Pakistan
1988-1989 Australian Test wicketkeeper for full Test Series against the West Indies.  Played all one day Internationals.  Represented Queensland when available.
1989 Australian Test wicketkeeper & member of the famous    Ashes Team in England.
1989-1990 Australian Test wicketkeeper for five Test Series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand & Pakistan.  Played all one day Internationals.
1990 Australian Test & One Day International wicketkeeper on New Zealand Tour.  Member of the Queensland Team in Sheffield Shield Final.
1990 Toured Shajah with the Australian team in the United Arab Emirates as part of a ten day World One Day Competition.
1990-1991 Australian Test wicketkeeper on the Ashes Tour of England.  Played in all One Day Internationals.  Test Keeper to tour West Indies.  Played all Tests and One Day Internationals.
1991-1992 Australian wicketkeeper for five Tests against India.  Played all One Day Internationals against West Indies and India   winning series.  Captain of the Australian XI against the West Indies and won.
1992 World Cup wicketkeeper. Test wicketkeeper to tour of Sri Lanka. Named as Queensland Sheffield Shield Team Captain. Australian XI Captain in Hobart.
1993 Australian Test wicketkeeper for New Zealand Tour.  Australian Test wicketkeeper on the Ashes Tour of England.  Played in all One Day Internationals. Australian Captain for Six a side Tournament in Hong Kong.  Australian wicketkeeper for three Tests against South Africa. Played all One Day Internationals against South Africa and New Zealand.
1994 Australian wicketkeeper for Tour of South Africa.  Played all Tests and One Day Internationals against South Africa.  Appointed Australian Test Cricket Vice Captain.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
1995 Won the series against the West Indies on their home soil.
1996 161 Not Out in First Test against West Indies. Winning the series against the West Indies.
1996 Reached 300 Dismissals.
Captained winning One Day Series of South Africa.
1997 Won the Ashes against England on their home soil
1998 100 Test Appearances celebrated at Adelaide Oval.
World Record – 356 Test Dismissals
1999 Retired with five World Records by a Wicketkeeper
2000 Named Australia’s Wicketkeeper of the Century


First Class Debut: Queensland v West Indies, 1986/87

Test Debut: Australia v Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1988/89
Last Test: Australia v Zimbabwe at Harare, Only Test, 1999/00
ODI Debut: Australia v Pakistan at Lahore, 2nd ODI, 1988/89
Last ODI: Australia v England at Lord's, Texaco Trophy, 1997

Matches      Inns     NO    Runs     HS     Avge     100     50     Ct     St    
119 182 23 4356 161* 27.39 4 22 366 29


Matches     Inns     NO     Runs     HS     Avge     100     50     Ct     St    
168 120 36 1764 56 21.00 - 4 195 39


Matches     Inns     NO     Runs      HS    Avge     100     50     Ct      St    
231 342 66 8341 161* 30.22 4 39 698 69
Bowling     O    M     R    W    Avge     Econ    
  5.1 1 22 0 - 4.25


Matches     Inns     NO     Runs      HS      Avge     SR       100    50     Ct     St    
29 16 3 221 48 17.00 59.40 - - 47 7


  • Tests - 119
  • Test Centuries – 4 (3 not out)
  • World Record Test Dismissals by a Wicketkeeper – 395 (366 catches, 29 stumpings)
  • Test Dismissals in a calendar year – 1993 (66 dismissals)
  • One-Day Internationals – 168 matches
  • One-Day International Dismissals – 234 (195 catches, 39 stumpings)   
  • Highest Score – 161 not out

For further statistics go to www.cricket.com.au