Australia has suffered a huge blow. The world number 1 T20 batter Beth Mooney fractured her jaw during training on Monday. Cricket Australia said she is under surgery now and will miss the ashes series. Her availability for the world cup is still under question and can only be confirmed after her surgery.
For playing the Women’s Cricket World cup, players have to leave Australia on February 10th and follow the mandatory 10-day quarantine before the tournament starts.
Beth Mooney while in the nets was hit by the ball in the side of the chin. Ashes are a very important series for both England and Australia and losing a key player is not ideal for any team.
“Beth was batting incredibly well and as can happen, just a rogue ball came up and put her in a tough position and she tried to get out of the way, but copped it on the side of the chin,” Australia coach Matthew Mott said.
Beth Mooney’s absence will be a huge gap to fill for the Australian Team.
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Beth Mooney is currently the number one ranked T20I batter and also in the top 10 batters in ODIs in the world by ICC rankings. She has hit 2 stunning T20I centuries and has an average of 43.45 in ODIS with 2 centuries and 9 half-centuries. She has been in brilliant form last playing in WBBL where she was also the highest run-getter scoring 528 runs, averaging 52.80. This brilliant performance of her helped her team win the WBBL title.
She was very confident going into the ashes riding on a string of brilliant performances. She has in a short while placed herself as an important batter in the Australian team which is already teeming with talent which says a lot about her skill. Australia would have relied heavily on her batting performances in the upcoming ashes. Now unfortunately due to her injury, she is ruled out of the Ashes and her playing in the world cup is also uncertain.
We hope Beth Mooney recovers soon so we can witness her brilliant batting and she can help Australia win games.
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