Amanda Wellington, the leg-spinner from Australia, is set to replace Sophie Molineux in the Southern Vipers squad for the fourth season of the Women’s Cricket Super League. Molineux was forced to withdraw from the tournament following an injury. The announcement was made via press release on Friday (August 2).
Wellington will join Stafanie Taylor and Suzie Bates as the club’s third overseas signing for the season.
“We are all disappointed that Sophie has had to withdraw from the KSL, but we’re very lucky to get a replacement of Amanda’s quality,” said Charlotte Edwards, Hampshire’s Director of women’s cricket. “She’s a hugely talented leg-spinner and will offer something different to our squad this summer.”
Wellington, who made her international debut in 2016, has so far played eight T20Is and taken 10 wickets, including a best of 4 for 16. Her average of 11.20 and career economy of 5.60 indicate great control— often the main issue for leg-spinners.
The 22-year-old last played an international match in 2018 during Australia’s tour to India in March. She has fallen off the selector’s radar since the arrival of Georgia Wareham and Molineux who have both tasted success at the international level.
Wellington will strengthen an otherwise pace dominant Southern Vipers bowling line-up while also providing wonderful variation to the attack. She possesses a wonderful googly, a tricky flipper and most importantly can rip her leg-break a mile.