Australia retained the multi-format Women’s Ashes as they took the lead after the one-day internationals and the Test 8-2. However, her all-rounder Sophie Molineux believes that she still has a “big job” ahead of her to make it to the final round.
“I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and we still have much to do,” Molineux told The Unplayable Podcast. “So we’re all pretty focused and really enjoy it at the same time.”
Always a special occasion donning the whites and the Baggy Green. Although the match was drawn, it’s a nice feeling retaining the Ashes again. The jobs not done yet however, 3 T20s to go. Onto Chelmsford we go 🚍👍🏽🏏 pic.twitter.com/L434zTpn3t— Jessica Jonassen (@JJonassen21) July 24, 2019
Australia must win one of three Twenty20 Internationals to win the series. But visitors have more than one reason why they want to win all three games. They want to beat England in their first game at Chelmsford, where the hosts are unbeaten, and then record a record-breaking event: if Australia wins the T20I leg, it would be the first team to win an undefeated women’s ashes in multiple format.
“It would mean a lot to beat [England in Chelmsford], it would be really nice to get the job done in the first T20,” said Molineux. “It sounds like there’s going to be a strong contingent of Englishmen supporting them, and to go against the grain and pinch you would mean a lot.”
Molineux added that Australia would not find it difficult to switch from Red Ball cricket to the T20 format: “We play a lot of T20 cricket, so of course we have those offensive T20 features in our game … I expect not we will have problems switching back. “
We couldn’t be more excited to see another three girls get their Baggy Green over the weekend in the Australian Women’s Cricket Team – just in time to retain the Ashes. That’s why we’re proud to be doing our part to support Women’s Cricket, so more girls can. @SouthernStars pic.twitter.com/JJH6yVRABN— CommBank (@CommBank) July 23, 2019
Teammate Beth Mooney also said Australia is looking forward to playing its T20 Cricket brand: exciting and aggressive. “The T20s are always fun and big and fast, we want to play an exciting and aggressive cricket brand.”
Mooney was convinced of Australia’s chances, but acknowledged that in T20Is a player could change the course of the game. “We’re the best team in the world right now, but in T20 cricket, all it takes is one player to play the game they love for 10 overs … but hopefully we can burn all the weapons.” you up.
“The first is the fortress (Chelmsford), and I think England has never lost a game there, so we’re very interested in getting that game out of the way first and then moving on to the next pair.”