Sophie Molineux, Australia’s left-arm spinner, has been ruled out of the upcoming world cup due to a stress fracture. She got a stress fracture on her left leg while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big bash league. She had missed out on the Women’s Ashes due to this injury and would also miss the world cup too.
“Sophie Molineux, unfortunately, misses out due to injury; she was unlikely to be available until the back end of the tournament and with limited match time and having to complete 10 days managed isolation, it was a tough call, but we weren’t prepared to take the risk,” said national selector Shawn Flegler.
Sophie Molineux made her debut less than 4 years ago, in 2018. She since then has taken 17 wickets in 9 matches with a stunning economy of 3.11 thus establishing herself in the team.
However, with Sophie missing out, Australia has added leg-spinners Amanda-Jade Wellington and Alana King to be included in the 15-member squad for the women’s cricket world cup.
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Amanda-Jade Wellington made her ODI debut in 2016 however the last ODI she played was in 2018. In the 12 matches she played she took 15 wickets in ODI with an average of 4.86.
Alana King is a 26-year-old allrounder who has played for Western Australian in Women’s national cricket league. She bowls right-arm leg-spin and it’s right-handed. She made her international debut in the 2022 Ashes series. She played the t20i against England on 20th January 2022. She made her test debut on 27th January.
Talking about the inclusions of Amanda-Jade and Alana, national selector Shawn Flegler remarked, “Amanda-Jade provides us with another quality spin option. Leg-spin has been a big part of our success in recent years and while Alana King is currently doing that role for us, there’s no reason we couldn’t play both in the same team if conditions and match-ups suit.”
Australia has picked two young players to replace Sophie Molineux as she joins the injury list with also has players like pacer Tayla Vlaeminck who has a stress fracture on the right foot and leg-spinner Georgia Wareham who has an ACL injury on her left knee.
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