An emphatic return of Sophie Molineux into Australia’s Ashes squad

Smashing 62-ball 65 not out in Australia’s red-ball warm-up, Sophie Molineux has made one of the most remarkable returns to the national squad just four months after undergoing shoulder surgery. The left-arm spinner is one among the list of all-rounders vying for a berth in Australia’s Playing XI for the sole Ashes Test and has put herself firmly in the frame of a dream Test debut.

Her partnership stand with Beth Mooney after coming into bat at number 7 helped the tourists to put up a formidable score before the hosts in the practice match providing the middle-order stability to the batting line-up of the Aussies. With the Australian team aiming to play attacking cricket in the upcoming Test, her wicket-taking ability in English conditions adds on a positive statement in favor of her selection.

“Whatever happens, happens, to represent my country and play in an Ashes Test match would be really special but I don’t want to get too far ahead. I just want to take it day by day and just enjoy it, because spending a bit of time on the sidelines hasn’t been the best of times and getting back is brilliant”, she said.