Melbourne Renegades has named Australian all-rounder Sophie Molineux as the new team skipper. She replaces New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite.
“It’s a real honour to be appointed captain of a club I love so much and follow in the footsteps of some high-quality leaders that I look up to,” Sophie Molineux said.
“Amy Satterthwaite has had a massive influence on the group and on me personally. Her wealth of knowledge and ability to stay composed is what I’ve always admired. Jess Duffin is such a competitor and leads by example and I’ve also had the privilege of playing under Meg Lanning in the Victorian and Australian teams. I am really excited to be able to take what I’ve learnt from each of them, combine it with how I approach the game and continue to grow and learn along the way.”
The 23-year old scored 221 runs and picked up 11 wickets in the last season. The left-arm spinner has 57 wickets in 74 matches under her belt.
Molineux has represented the national team in all the formats of the game. She has featured in 24 T20Is, six ODIs and one Test, scalping 12, 23, and four wickets in them, respectively.
“Sophie has fantastic relationships within the squad. She’s tactically astute, trusted and highly respected across the playing group,” Melbourne Renegades newly appointed coach Simon Helmot said.
The club has also recently replaced the Lachlan Stevens with Simon Helmot as the coach of the set-up after a disappointing season in the 2020-21 edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
“She’s had an excellent apprenticeship working under some great captains, including Amy who has helped nurture so much of our young talent. That grounding under such leadership will have Sophie well prepared, we’re excited to see this next phase in her career and we’ll support her along the way. We look forward to the start of a sustained period of success for the club under Sophie’s leadership,” Helmot added.