Australia’s Legendary skipper Meg Lanning on Thursday made a shock announcement to retire from Worldwide Cricket. Lanning, the best captain within the historical past of the game, bids adieu on the age of 31 after main the Australian ladies’s crew to a file 5 World Cup titles. Lanning has not performed any Worldwide cricket since lifting the T20 World Cup in February this yr.
“The choice to step away from worldwide cricket was a troublesome one to make, however I really feel now could be the suitable time for me. I’ve been extremely lucky to get pleasure from a 13-year worldwide profession, however I do know now could be the suitable time for me to maneuver on to one thing new. Staff success is why you play the sport, I’m happy with what I’ve been capable of obtain and can cherish the moments shared with teammates alongside the way in which,” the Legendary skipper added.
Nonetheless, Lanning is about to proceed taking part in in home leagues together with the Ladies’s Large Bash League. She is presently captaining the Melbourne Stars within the Ladies’s BBL. She has led the Australian ladies’s crew for 9 years after being made the youngest Aussie captain in 2014. Below her management, the Aussies have received 4 T20 World Cups and one ODI World Cup in 9 years. Lanning was on the helm of Australia’s 2023 World Cup triumph however didn’t play any Worldwide recreation since then. She missed the UK Ashes sequence on account of an undisclosed medical motive and regardless of being match, she was not a part of the ODI and T20I sequence towards West Indies.
As a participant, Lanning has received seven World Cup titles (two of which got here earlier than she assumed the management position). She made her debut in 2010 and achieved the file for being the youngest Australian to attain 100 – a feat she achieved in her third Worldwide recreation at 18 years and 288 days.
“One of many best cricketers Australia has produced, Meg’s supreme achievements with the bat have been matched by her inspiring management. As probably the greatest gamers on the earth over an extended time period, Meg has made an immeasurable impression and led a technology which has helped revolutionise the sport. Below Meg’s management, the Australian ladies’s cricket crew has constructed a legacy of world dominance and has been on the forefront of rising the sport and provoking the subsequent technology of cricketers all all over the world,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO stated.
“A seven-time World Cup winner and Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, Meg retires from worldwide cricket having achieved every part there may be to attain and we thank her for the immense contribution she has made. We look ahead to celebrating Meg’s distinguished worldwide profession at an acceptable time,” he added.
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