AUSTRALIA is wary of a ‘batters’ paradise’ as they head to Canberra with the goal of a sweep against New Zealand in the T20 series.
The Aussies sealed the series with another six-wicket win in Brisbane on Monday and are keen to make it 3-0 on Friday but know Manuka Oval is a batting track.
Young spin bowler Sophie Molineux took her first international wicket at Allan Border Field on Monday when Beth Mooney caught Bernadine Bezuidenhout late in the innings.
She hopes it will the relieve the pressure for her now with the “monkey off her back” for her first wicket and that the Australian bowling attack can buck the trend in Canberra.
“I’ve played a couple of games (at Manuka Oval) and they haven’t been amazing,” Molineux said. “I reckon I’ve been hit for a lot of runs there, it’s a bit of a batters’ paradise.
“Hopefully that can change in our bowling innings but that trend can continue when we bat.
“It’s a beautiful oval Manuka Oval and hopefully the crowd can come along and support us and we can go three nil.”
Molineux earned her chance in the Australian line-up for this series after Jess Jonassen was ruled out with a knee injury.
Molineux also bowls left arm orthodox but has played just five T2o internationals to Jonassen’s 58.
The young bowler took the chance to catch up with her more experienced counterpart in Brisbane this week.
“I caught up with Jess and it looks like she’s going well and we miss her around the squad,” she said.
“I’ve had a chat to her and she’s really open. We’ve had some discussions about left arm offspin and I’m really lucky to be in the squad alongside her and be learning off her.”
Nearly 6,000 people have turned out to watch the first two T20s and TV ratings have been incredible with the audience for the Saturday night match peaking at more than 1.2 million.
The team is hopeful they can finish with a similar crowd on Friday.
“It was amazing having 2,500 there (in Brisbane), it sounded like 20,000 to be honest. The girls really appreciate having that support and we’ve had it wherever we’ve gone in Australia,” Molineux said.
“To continue that down in Canberra would be really cool.”