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“Welcome Return: Sophie Molineux Shines Bright on ODI Comeback”

Playing her first ODI match in over two years, Sophie Molineux showcased her bowling prowess, setting the stage for Australia’s victory in the second match against Bangladesh.

Having debuted in 2018, Molineux had participated in nine ODIs before Sunday’s encounter with Bangladesh, the last being in September 2021 against India. Despite facing frequent injuries and stiff competition from fellow left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, Molineux’s skills remained undiminished. In the second ODI against Bangladesh, she returned remarkable figures of 3/10 in her 10-over spell, including an impressive tally of 53 dot balls.

Molineux’s crucial wickets of opener Fargana Hoque, captain Nigar Sultana, and Ritu Moni played a pivotal role as Bangladesh was bowled out for a mere 97 runs. Australia chased down the target with six wickets to spare, securing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ICC Women’s Championship series.

Expressing her delight after the game, Molineux stated, “It’s just nice to be back, to be honest. Being back on tour and getting a game is really cool. I think all bowlers performed really well today, especially the spinners, and then to get over the line, it’s a good day for us.”

Despite enduring injuries, the 26-year-old remained resilient and stayed on the selectors’ radar. Reflecting on her journey, she remarked, “It was a long two years, I learned a lot over those two years. And I’m just happy to be playing cricket. I’m happy to be playing in any colors at the moment, and even better to get a game for Australia again.”

With Australia leading the ICC Women’s Championship table with 26 points, Molineux believes that the remaining matches on the tour will offer valuable experience to the team ahead of the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in September. Emphasizing the importance of adaptability, she said, “Each game we’re playing in different conditions, we’re learning, and that’s how we’re going to make ourselves a better team. So even if it’s not a copy-and-paste pitch to what we’re going to get at the World Cup in a few months’ time, I think just being able to go through these different matches and being able to adjust, communicate, and then learn from it is valuable.”

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