Australian Women’s team suffered a major blow ahead of the much crucial Women’s Ashes. Australia’s all-rounder Sophie Molineux has been ruled out of the Women’s Ashes series after suffering a stress fracture to her right foot while playing in the Women’s Big bash League.
“Sophie sustained a stress fracture to her right foot during the last week of the WBBL. She is currently offloading in a moon boot and a return to play plan has been developed in conjunction with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia medical staff,” Australian Team Doctor Pip Inge said
“Inge confirmed Molineux’s absence from the Ashes that begins on January 27 next year, with the focus now on getting her back to full fitness by the time the 50-over World Cup comes along in March.
“Sophie’s focus now shifts to her rehabilitation plan which means she’ll be unavailable for any upcoming domestic matches as well as the Ashes in January. At this stage, we are aiming to have Sophie available for the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in March.”
Sophie Molineux has suffered an injury in her right foot while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL 2021 Challenger finals late in November. Molineux’s injury came into the limelight when she didn’t come to bat despite her team’s early collapse. She couldn’t deliver with the bowl as well as she returned with expensive figures of 0 for 22 from her quota of two overs. Later it was also revealed that Molineux had been in a moon boot in the lead-up to the clash.
Molineux’s injury comes less than two months after legspinner Georgia Wareham ruptured the ACL in her left knee which ruled her out of the World Cup, Ashes, and Commonwealth Games campaigns. The women’s Ashes series comprising of one Test, three one-dayers, and three T20 will commence on January 27 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Shedding light on Molineux’s career accomplishments. She has featured in two Tests, nine ODIs, and 27 T20s for Australia. Molineux’s absence is the second setback for Australia’s National team who is already dealing with the aftermath of Wareham’s unavailability. The duo is key in forming Australia’s lethal spin bowling attack. However, in the absence of Molineux & Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Amanda Jade-Wellington, and the uncapped Alana King will lead Australia’s spin department.
Following the last Ashes in Melbourne on February 19, Australia will travel for the Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
Women’s Ashes Schedule
Jan 27-30: Test match, Manuka Oval
Feb 4: First T20, North Sydney Oval
Feb 6: Second T20, North Sydney Oval
Feb 10: Third T20, Adelaide Oval
Feb 13: First ODI, Adelaide Oval
Feb 16: Second ODI, Junction Oval
Feb 19: Third ODI, Junction Oval