Australia women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning announces retirement from international cricket

Karan RawatKaran Rawat
November 9 2023
Meg Lanning
(Courtesy : ICC)

Meg Lanning captained Australia’s Women’s Cricket Team to five ICC titles.

The Australian cricket team are the most successful team in the history of the game. Not just in men’s cricket, even the women’s team has won numerous titles, and one captain who has led the team to various ICC titles is Meg Lanning. And on Thursday, the 31-year-old announced her retirement from international cricket. She has captained the Australian women’s team across formats for 13 years.

Under her captaincy, Australia have been undefeated most of the time in the ICC tournaments. She recently led the team to win the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year and became the first team to win a gold medal in the CWG. She was also a consistent scorer for her team at the top of the order in all three formats of the game.

Meg Lanning announces International Retirement; will play in domestic and T20 Leagues

Meg Lanning made her international debut at the age of 17 in a T20I game against New Zealand in 2010. She became the captain of the team at age 21, and Australia have an 80 percent win ratio under her leadership. Lanning has led her team to win the Women’s ODI World Cup in 2022. Australia also won four T20 World Cups titles under her in 2014, 2018, 2020, and 2023.

Her last game as a captain was against South Africa earlier this year. She announced her international retirement on Thursday. She thanked the cricket board, family, friends, teammates, and management for her successful career. Lanning wrote, “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a 13-year international career, but I know now is the right time for me to move on to something new.”

She added, “I’d like to thank my family, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support to allow me to play the game I love at the highest level.” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia chief executive, welcomed her decision and wished her luck for her second innings after retirement. Meg Lanning has played 241 games across formats for Australia and scored 8352 runs as well.

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