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Australia delivered a blow to Ashes after Beth Mooney broke her jaw in a training incident | Ashes of women

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Beth Mooney’s ashes are over and her World Cup campaign is in doubt after the world’s best Twenty20 batsman broke his jaw while training for the Australian squad. Mooney was hit by a bullet under the grill of her helmet in training on Monday and was due to undergo surgery on Tuesday, with officials unsure when she will be able to return.

The injury is all but certain to rule Mooney out of the full Ashes, with the T20 leg of the multi-format series kicking off on Thursday. Australia travel to New Zealand for the 50 plus World Cup immediately after the Ashes, with their first game against England on March 6.

Mooney’s absence is a blow to Australia. She is the No. 1 ranked T20 batter in the world with two centuries under her belt, and also has a 43.45 average in one-day cricket. Mooney also formed the most destructive opening partnership in women’s cricket, with Alyssa Healy at the top.

Australia have options to cover for Mooney’s absence, with Rachael Haynes most likely to step up to the top of the order to replace her.

Meanwhile, Australia has other issues to deal with. Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of Tuesday’s warm-up match in Adelaide against Australia A after being caught up in a Covid-19 scare.

Her arrival in Adelaide has been pushed back from Monday to Tuesday, but she is expected to be available for Thursday’s T20 international against England.

Molly Strano and Katie Mack will also miss playing for Australia A in the game after testing positive for coronavirus. They will join Group ‘A’ in Canberra, for matches against England A.

Australia delivered a blow to Ashes after Beth Mooney broke her jaw in a training incident | Ashes of women

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