World Cup winner Sophie Molineux’s quest to be a part of Australia’s title defence in February subsequent yr is over after scans confirmed she had suffered an ACL damage to her left knee.
The Melbourne Renegades captain injured herself whereas bowling the ultimate over in Sunday’s Melbourne derby on the Junction Oval.
It’s a merciless blow for Molineux, who missed final summer time’s Ashes win, the 50-over World Cup victory and Australia’s first Commonwealth Video games gold medal win after struggling a stress fracture in her foot.
The 24-year-old, who danced on stage with Katy Perry after Australia’s T20 Phrase Cup win in 2020, could have her rehabilitation plans confirmed over the approaching days.
However she’s going through as much as 12 months on the sidelines, which means she’s going to miss Australia’s T20 World Cup defence in South Africa in 2023.
“Our ideas are with Sophie, and we’ll do every little thing we are able to to assist her now and thru her restoration interval,” Melbourne Renegades normal supervisor James Rosengarten stated.
“Sophie had put in an influence of labor over the winter to return from her foot damage and has been a unbelievable chief for our group this season. We all know Sophie will bounce again from this newest setback and we’ll be there together with her each step of the way in which.”
Earlier than the WBBL season started, Molineux stated she was in a “actually optimistic area” after spending six months repairing a stress fracture in her foot. Whereas she maintained ambitions of getting again into the Australian group, she didn’t need to look too far forward.
“It’s not straightforward watching all these World Cups and Ashes collection and Comm Video games and every little thing, particularly while you’ve been part of it earlier than and also you’ve received a variety of shut mates in that set-up,” she stated.
“Firstly, you’re actually proud and you then flip the TV off and it’s a bit quiet and also you’re type of questioning ‘what if’?
“In fact I’d like to be again in that, however I really feel like I don’t actually need to suppose an excessive amount of about stuff that I can’t management and for me it’s simply … I’m not taking issues with no consideration and ensuring that I type of do it with a smile on my face and luxuriate in every little thing that comes with the Huge Bash.”