Australia captain Meg Lanning has announced her retirement from international cricket. Check it out here in this article.
Meg Lanning announces international retirement.
Australia women’s team star Meg Lanning has announced a shock retirement from the international cricket.
Lanning, one of the most successful skippers of Australia, has been away from the game for last 18 months, having taken two extended breaks for different reasons.
Lanning acknowledged that she has been thinking about stepping away from the game for the last year and a half and it was in last 48 hours that she made up her mind.
“I’ve come to the realisation that I’ve probably been trying to convince myself a little bit over the last 18 months why I should keep playing and what it is that I want to achieve,” Lanning said.
“I’m not someone who can do things half-in half-out. I’ve battled away a little bit trying to work all that out.
But it sort of became quite clear, particularly over the last couple of days that this was the right call and what I’m ready for.
“Since I’ve made the decision I’ve certainly felt a little bit relieved, I guess, to have made a call and be a little bit clearer on what the next little bit looks like,” she added.
|Test debut (cap 164)||11 August 2013 v England|
|Last Test||27 January 2022 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 119)||5 January 2011 v England|
|Last ODI||21 January 2023 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||17|
|T20I debut (cap 32)||30 December 2010 v New Zealand|
|Last T20I||26 February 2023 v South Africa|
|T20I shirt no.||17|
31-year-old Lanning captained Australia women’s team in 182 games – the third most for the nation after Ricky Ponting’s 323 and Allan Border’s 271 across all formats.
Lanning was Australia’s skipper for 100 T20Is, 78 ODIs and four Tests. In these matches, she managed to win 76 T20Is, 69 ODI, and one Test as well.
She is also Australia women’s highest run scorer in T20Is with 3,405 runs in 132 games at a strike rate of 116 and an average of 36. In ODIs, she has scored 4,602 runs in 103 ODIs at a staggering average of 53 with 15 hundreds and 21 fifties – the third most runs for Australia behind Belinda Clark and Karen Rolton.