Lockdown, Quarantine, bio-bubbles.
While it’s all becoming monotonous, tiresome, and second nature for professional athletes who have lived this way in the past 18 months, Sophie Molineux is just grateful for the chance to get out on the playing field and play some cricket.
The Australian Women’s Cricket team kicks off their biggest ever summer of cricket next week, beginning with a multi-format series against India. The series will feature the first Test Match played between the two nations since 2006.
Despite the disjointed preparation, the past 18 have prepared Molineux and the rest of the team for anything that may come thier way.
“It has been a little bit of a weird old couple of months, but it’s been nice. We’ve been able to get to go in and try throughout a Melbourne winter, which we’re very grateful for [the chance to go out and play cricket]” Molineux told The Inner Sanctum’s Over and Stumps Podcast.
“we’re here in quarantine. sort of got sprung on us about a week out. But that’s okay. We’re sort of, I suppose used to we’re just hanging out to play some cricket now.”
The twenty-three-year-old Bairnsdale native has enjoyed a rapid rise through the Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia pathway programs for women’s cricket which has seen her become one of the leading spinners and all-rounders in Australia.
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While Molineux was like every young boy and girl in Australia wanting to pull on the baggy green and represent her country one day, there was one baggy green that took precedence. The West Bairnsdale Cricket Club’s first XI baggy green was the cap that she craved.
“That was probably my that my one and only priority in life, to be honest at one point.
I feel like the normal probably 10-year old that wants to go and be a doctor or a physio something that wasn’t really my I just wanted to play A Grade for West Bairnsdale and get that cap.
“I suppose that was a really special sort of moment to be able to play a grade and then to play with dad as well at West Bairnsdale are probably right up there”
Both Australia and India head to Mackay on Sunday ahead of the ODI leg of the Multi-format series all to be played at Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay. Before the action heads back to the Gold Coast with the Day-Night Test and T20 matches to be played at Metricon Stadium.
The series begins on Tuesday 21st September.