Meg Lanning Retires From International Cricket: Australian Captain Meg Lanning has announced her retirement from international cricket and bringing the curtains down on her 13-year-long career.
Meg Lanning Retires From International Cricket
Meg Lanning Retires From International Cricket: Meg Lanning made her debut in 2010 at the age of 18 years. Meg Lanning has played 132 T20Is and 103 ODIs and also represented Australia in six Test matches.
Lanning, who first led Australia in 2014, has been one of the most successful captains in women’s cricket. Her record as captain includes 69 wins out of 78 ODIs, 76 wins in 100 T20Is and a Test victory as well in the four Tests that she captained Australia.
A winner of two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup trophies and five ICC Women’s T20 World Cup titles, Lanning retires at the age of 31 having amassed more than 8000 runs across all formats for her country.
“The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me,” Lanning said.
“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. Team success is why you play the game, I’m proud of what I have been able to achieve and will cherish the moments shared with teammates along the way”.
“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. I also want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career”, she added.
Lanning also captained Delhi Capitals at the inaugural Women’s Premier League earlier this year, finishing as runners-up.
Praising her contributions to Australian cricket, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said: “One of the finest cricketers Australia has produced, Meg’s supreme achievements with the bat have been matched by her inspiring leadership”.
“As one of the best players in the world over a long period of time, Meg has made an immeasurable impact and led a generation which has helped revolutionise the game.
“Under Meg’s leadership, the Australian women’s cricket team has built a legacy of global dominance and has been at the forefront of growing the game and inspiring the next generation of cricketers all around the world”.
“A seven-time World Cup winner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Meg retires from international cricket having achieved everything there is to achieve and we thank her for the immense contribution she has made”.
“We look forward to celebrating Meg’s distinguished international career at an appropriate time.”
Meg Lanning will continue to play in domestic competitions, including the Women’s Big Bash League and the Women’s National Cricket League.