Born 17th January 1998 in Bairnsdale Victoria, current Australia Test, ODI and T20I allrounder, Sophie Molineux.
The left hand batter and slow left arm bowler had been on the national selectors’ eyes since her debut for the Melbourne Renegades in 2015/6 and her debut for Victoria in 2016/7. It didn’t take long.
Sophie was selected in the team to tour India in March 2018 and played just one match in the T20 Tri-Series between India, England and Australia. Didn’t get a bat or much of a bowl, but you can’t keep an allrounder out of the game: she took three catches.
In her ODI debut in October 2018, against Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur, she didn’t get a bat or much of a bowl but took three catches. In nine ODIs she has taken 17 wickets at just 13.29 runs per wicket with a best of 4-14. In 27 T20Is she has taken 26 wickets at 20.69 with a best of 4-16.
She has played just the two Tests, one against England and one against India, with a high score of 41 and best of 4-95 with the ball.
Sophie’s strong suit is her bowling but in recent times her batting has come of age. More importantly, her captaincy of the Melbourne Renegades in the 2021/22 WBBL season had many observers suggesting a future job as national captain.Embed from Getty Images