Perth will host the fifth and final Ashes Test, confirming a long-rumoured shakeup of the traditional schedule as Cricket Australia revealed the men’s and women’s cricket fixtures for the upcoming summer.
While Beth Mooney lacks the flare of the likes of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry, she is arguably the most vital member of the Australian women’s cricket team.
The general consensus after Ellyse Perry’s injury was that Australia’s hopes of winning the T20 World Cup had taken a serious dent.
Mooney is a noted big-game player. In the 2019 WBBL final, Mooney made a well compiled 56 not out and was named the player of the match.
She scored 65 not out in the season before under serious duress, coming down with the flu. That effort saw Mooney drag her Brisbane Heat along against a strong Sydney Sixers.
Along with being a noted big-game player, Mooney has been dependable at the top of the order throughout the tournament so far.
Mooney has scored 181 runs at an average of 45.25 throughout the tournament, which is the third highest of all players.
Mooney does not receive the same accolades as her counterparts but plays a vital role in the team and has the potential to dominate the final for Australia.
Mooney has been dependable at the top of the order for Australia and provides the perfect foil for Alyssa Healy to play her naturally aggressive game and instantly put the bowlers on the back foot.
Mooney has maintained an average of 36.15 in T20 cricket with an impressive strike rate of 122.45 at the top of the order.
Mooney’s two T20 centuries came at a decent speed at a strike rate of 167.14 and 185.24 respectively, showing she has the ability to play the aggressive style that may be necessary in a big final.
Australia’s woes against spin could be their undoing in the final, but there is no question that Mooney will fight hard and put a high price on her wicket throughout the game.
Mooney will once again prove on Sunday that she is the big-game player that Australia needs at the top of the order to steer the ship towards success.