Sophie molineux returns as key inclusion in Australia’s test squad against South Africa.

Australian cricket all-rounder Sophie Molineux, absent from the national team since 2021, takes center stage in the upcoming Test squad facing South Africa at the WACA in Perth from February 15. Molineux’s resurgence follows an impressive run in domestic cricket, marked by her leadership in the Australian Governor General’s XI’s victory over South Africa in a recent T20.

Having successfully recovered from a year-long ACL injury, Molineux leads the wicket-takers list in the Australian 50-over domestic competition, claiming 17 wickets at an average of 14.47. Her return marks the sole addition to the Test squad from the one that toured India in December, with Lauren Cheatle sidelined due to a recent skin cancer removal and Heather Graham omitted.

Shawn Flegler, Head of Performance (Women’s Cricket) and National Selector, applauds Molineux’s comeback, attributing it to her resilience and hard work. He emphasizes her multi-skilled abilities and strong leadership qualities, noting that her inclusion in the Test squad is a well-deserved reward.

The upcoming Test match between Australia and South Africa is historic, marking the first women’s Test encounter between the two nations. Six players in South Africa’s 14-member squad receive their maiden call-up in the format.

Australia squad: Alyssa Healy (C), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham

South Africa squad: Laura Wolvaardt, Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Mieke de Ridder, Ayanda Hlubi, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Suné Luus, Eliz-Mari Marx, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Chloé Tryon, Delmi Tucker.