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Australia to support returning Molineux

By AAP Newswire

Australia's T20 team will support Sophie Molineux through her return to the national team fold for the first time since taking a mental health break.

The talented 21-year-old stepped away from the game in November, but returned to play for Victoria last week before being named in Australia's squad for the World T20.

"It's always a delicate one - I don't think there's always an exact right time," Australian coach Matthew Mott said on Thursday.

"I've had a lot of conversations with Sophie over the last month or so about when she'd re-integrate back into the group. She's gone through a really exhausted process and she's confident that she's right.

"But there's no guarantees and it's like any injury that you come back from - there's always a little bit of trepidation about how you go and we're just treating it like that.

"She was back in around the squad yesterday, we had a nice dinner together, she's full of life and fun, and she's welcomed back with open arms."

Molineux has also dealt with persistent shoulder issues over the past year, which will continue to be managed.

"She came back (for Victoria) and did extremely well straight away but, more importantly, I think she just felt like she wanted to play cricket and was back in love with the game," Mott said.

Australian skipper Meg Lanning, who is also Molineux's captain at Victoria, believes the allrounder will slot back into the set-up.

"It's just about her knowing that we're here to support her with what she needs, really," Lanning told AAP.

"And that might be nothing at times; it might be just having a conversation.

"Soph's in a really good spot at the moment. It's great to see her back playing cricket but, most importantly, enjoying herself and happy."