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Molineux ruled out of NZ ODI series
Australia allrounder to miss three-match ODI series, with Delissa Kimmince handed a recall
15 February 2019, 04:16 PM AEST
One of Australia’s most promising young talents, Sophie Molineux, has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Bank one-day international series against New Zealand after suffering a shoulder injury while training for Victoria.
It’s a disappointing blow for the 21-year-old allrounder, who excelled in green and gold during Australia’s T20 World Cup win late last year and continued to perform for the Melbourne Renegades during their Rebel WBBL|04 semi-final run.
“Sophie suffered a right shoulder subluxation whilst diving during a fielding drill at training earlier in the week,” said Kate Mahony, the Australian Team Physiotherapist.
“A scan has revealed significant soft-tissue injury and as a result, she is unavailable for the upcoming series against New Zealand.”
“She will be reviewed over the coming days to determine rehabilitation and return to play timeframe.”
Molineux made her ODI debut against Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur last October in impressive fashion, picking up six wickets and conceding just 39 runs across the three-match series.
Coming into the Australia squad in place of Molineux is Delissa Kimmince, also a member of Australia’s victorious T20 World Cup squad.
Kimmince was recalled to Australia’s 50-over squad in 2018 to face Pakistan, however hasn’t taken the field in an ODI since 2014.
Strong domestic results in the Women's National Cricket League, as well as in the WBBL, will bolster Australia’s confidence in the Queenslander ahead of the Rose Bowl series.
Most recently, Kimmince struck 44 with the bat and claimed 2-52 with the ball during Queensland’s narrow loss to NSW in the WNCL final.
Australia's ODI campaign against New Zealand starts February 22 at the WACA Ground, with matches to be played on February 24 at Karen Rolton Oval and March 3 at Junction Oval. .
CommBank ODIs v NZ
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Georgia Wareham
New Zealand squad: Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
February 22: First ODI, WACA Ground, Perth
February 24: Second ODI, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
March 3: Third ODI, Junction Oval, Melbourne