New Delhi: Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian women’s cricket team, has decided to take an indefinite break from the sport. After clinching the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, Lanning has taken a break citing personal reasons.
While making the announcement, Lanning said, “After a busy couple of years I’ve made the decision to take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself.” Cricket Australia came in to support the skipper with her decision. The board tweeted saying, “If anyone deserves a break, it’s Meg Lanning.” Meg Lanning thanked the board and her teammates for the support and said, “I’m grateful for the support of CA (Cricket Australia) and my teammates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time.”
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 10, 2022
Head of Performance, Women’s Cricket, Shawn Flegler said that she has been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket and has been a ‘brilliant role model’ for children. He added that the welfare of the players is the number one priority and the board will continue to support Meg Lanning.
She was supposed to play in The Hundred for the Trent Rockets after the recently concluded CWG 2022. The Hundred is a franchise league in which eight men’s and eight women’s teams will play 100-ball matches.
Meg Lanning is currently the number 2 batter in T20Is. She scored 91 runs at 22.75 in the 5 games played in Birmingham. Her 74 runs partnership with Beth Money, in which she contributed 36 off 26, was pivotal in Australia’s win against India in the finals.