In a heartbreaking development for the Australian cricket fans, their women’s team captain Meg Lanning has announced an indefinite break from professional cricket due to some personal reasons. Lanning is the most-capped captain in Australian women’s cricket history.
The Australian women’s cricket team has achieved the tag of the ‘invincibles’ while playing under the leadership of Lanning. They have achieved enormous success under her captaincy, and their latest achievement was winning the Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medal by defeating the Indian women’s cricket team in the final.
Lanning batted at number three for the Australian women’s cricket team in the Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medal match. She scored 36 runs off 26 deliveries before Yadav ran her out.
Apart from the Australian women’s cricket team, Lanning has also played for the Melbourne Stars team in Women’s Big Bash League and the Trent Rockets team in Women’s Hundred 2022. In domestic matches, she played for Victoria Women.
We’re proud of Meg Lanning for acknowledging that she needs a break: Shawn Flegler
Reacting to the big decision made by Meg Lanning about her professional and cricketing career, the head of performance of women’s cricket for Cricket Australia, Shawn Flegler said in a media release:
“We’re proud of Meg for acknowledging that she needs a break and will continue to support her during this time. She’s been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the last decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as part of the team, and has been a brilliant role model for young kids.”
Lanning is still 30 years old and has a lot of cricket left in her. It will be interesting to see when she makes her comeback to the field. She is an integral part of the Australian women’s cricket team, and in her absence, the team may struggle in a few games.