The Australian women’s cricket team has been dealt a significant blow ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, with all-rounder Sophie Molineux ruled out after suffering a stress fracture to her right foot.
- Australia’s team doctor has confirmed Molineux has a stress fracture in her right foot
- The 2022 Women’s Ashes series against England begins in January with a four day test at Manuka Oval
- Molineux and fellow spinner Georgia Wareham will both be unavailable for selection
The leg-spinner, who is the captain of the Melbourne Renegades, did not bat in her side’s loss to the Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL Challenger final in November.
At the time, Renegades coach Simon Helmot said that Molineux had a “sore foot” and had been in a moonboot for most of the week.
On Tuesday, Australian team doctor Pip Inge confirmed that Molineux had sustained a stress fracture to her right foot.
“She is currently off-loading in a moon boot and a return-to-play plan has been developed in conjunction with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia medical staff,” Inge said in a statement released by Cricket Australia.
“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 .”
The 2022 Women’s Ashes series against England begins in January with a four day test at Manuka Oval.
The multi-format series is then rounded out with three T20s and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) split between North Sydney Oval, Adelaide Oval and Junction Oval.
Molineux’s injury throws Australia’s Ashes squad selection into disarray, following the ACL injury sustained by Renegades teammate and fellow spinner Georgia Wareham.
Wareham has been ruled out of all of the Ashes, World Cup and 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Cricket Australia has said a squad for both the Ashes and World Cup will be announced in due course.