Australia’s Sophie Molineux takes break from WBBL to focus on mental health

Australia, Renegades all-rounder Sophie Molineux becomes the latest cricketer to take a break from cricket to focus on mental health.

The Renegades announced on Friday that Molineux would miss this weekend’s WBBL derby clash with the Melbourne Stars in Ballarat.

Molineux, 21, now joins the men’s cricketers Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson who have stepped away from the sport sighting the same reason.

“Sophie knows her teammates and the Renegades coaches and support staff are always there for her,” Renegades coach Tim Coyle said. “We’ll give Sophie the time, space and any support she needs.”

Sophie who made her Test debut this year during the Ashes series witnessed a rapid rise in her career which might be overwhelming.

She will continue working with Pip Inge, the Australia women’s team doctor.

“Sophie has made the decision to take a break from cricket and we are providing her with the support she needs,” Inge said. “The welfare of our players is a priority and we are proud of the brave decision by Sophie to step away from the game.”

Makinley Blows has been brought into the Renegades squad for this weekend’s match.

Renegades did not have a great season so far and they sit at number five with four more matches to go.