A broken jaw, three metal plates in her face, wire on her teeth and only able to eat through a straw… but Australia star Beth Mooney WILL open the batting in the Ashes against England (and looks in remarkably good health!)
- Australian opener Beth Mooney broke her jaw in two places during net session
- She was left bleeding after throwdowns went wrong ahead of Women’s Ashes
- Mooney had three titanium plates screwed in to repair the broken jaw
- 28-year-old is still only able to consume liquids but will play against England
- Australia lead the multi-format series 4-2 following the T20 internationals
Beth Mooney will open the batting for Australia in their women’s Ashes clash with England despite suffering a broken jaw just 10 days ago.
The 28-year-old had three titanium plates screwed into her face to repair the damage caused when a ball smashed into her jaw during a routine net session ahead of the series.
Mooney remains on a liqud diet following the surgery but managed to raise a smile during Australia’s final net session ahead of the four-day match in Canberra starting on Thursday.
Australian opener Beth Mooney was left with a broken jaw after being struck by a ball in the nets ahead of the Women’s Ashes series against England
Having undergone surgery to insert three titanium plates in her jaw, Mooney has been passed fit to face England in the Canberra Test
Australia lead England 4-2 following the T20 section of the multi-format series and the tourists must win the one-off Test to stand any chance of winning overall.
The blow to the jaw sent blood splurting and had Mooney reeling. ‘There was blood everywhere, with blood coming out of my mouth, I knew it wasn’t great,’ she told The Australian.
‘Then I sort of collected myself a bit when the doctor (Pip Inge) ran over to see me.
‘I got myself to the back of the nets because there was a fair bit of blood in my mouth I was trying to get rid of – I felt for the poor girls who had to bat once I was gone because there were a couple of pools of blood at the end of the net.
‘The sheer impact of the ball ended up splitting my jaw right down the middle of my chin.
‘There were a couple of pretty nasty breaks and thankfully they’ve been put back together.’
Mooney was all smiles in Australia’s net session on Wednesday as she prepares to return
The batter points out where she fractured her jaw as she prepares to return to action
After little over a week on the sidelines, Mooney was passed fit to return for the Test match having missed the T20 games.
‘Beth Mooney so far has passed everything that she’s needed to. Assuming she gets through training today like we expect her to she’ll be available and she’ll be playing,’ captain Meg Lanning said.
‘It’s pretty incredible, right from the moment she got hit, and to come back to international cricket around a week after having jaw surgery, it’s inspirational for the group and she’s been really positive around everyone.
‘She looks really good in the nets and in the field as well and she’s confident she’ll have no issues moving forward.’
Mooney with coach Matthew Mott, whose ball accidentally caused the damage in the nets
Australia go into the only Test leading the series after a nine-wicket victory in the opening Twenty20, with the subsequent two T20s washed out and the points shared.
Lanning opened alongside Alyssa Healy in the first match in the absence of Mooney and hit an unbeaten 64, but she is likely to return to her usual No 3 position in the Test.
She added: ‘She (Mooney) has been passed fit to play, so from a medical perspective that’s all good. It was around her comfort levels and her confidence levels getting back into it after getting hit, she’s had no issues at all.
‘Once she was cleared and she’s confident and ready to go there was no issues about bringing her back in.
England captain Heather Knight (left) and her Australian counterpart Meg Lanning (right)
‘She’s only on a liquid diet at the moment which doesn’t sound like a lot of fun or variety, so I think the physio, doctor and dietician have been coming up with some meal plans for her to make sure she’s getting enough energy.
‘With the Test match and the longer format you need to have that over a long period of time, but they’ve done a great job and so far so good.’