Australia captain Meg Lanning has announced her retirement from international cricket. She made a statement on Thursday morning, she said this is “the right time” to end her 13-year-long career as an Aussie cricketer.
Who is Meg Lanning?
Meghann Moira Lanning is an Australian cricketer who has won most number of World Cup matches ( 2 ODI World Cup and 5 T20 World Cup matches). She also holds the record for most Women’s One Day International centuries and is the first Australian to score 2,000 Twenty20 International runs. She made her first debut on 20th December 2010. Lanning has represented Australia in 241 matches – 6 Tests, 103 ODIs, and 132 T20Is. She retired from the international stage with 8,352 runs in total which includes 17 international hundreds. She is Australia’s most prolific runscorer in all formats.
Lanning was appointed captain in 2014, becoming Australia’s youngest-ever skipper at just 21. She led Australia in 182 matches, more than any other women’s player. She leaves behind one of Australia’s most successful international teams.
Meg Lanning’s Record
She was an impeccable player and has made several records, her legacy will continue to rule forever till the word ‘cricket’ exists. In an interview, she said “The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me,” as quoted by ICC.
“I have 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 am proud of what I have been able to achieve and will cherish the moments shared with teammates along the way.”
“I would like to thank my family, my teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their support in allowing 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 concluded.
Some of her records include –
- In 6 Test Matches, Lanning has scored 345 runs at an average of 31.36, with a best individual score of 93, including two half-centuries.
- In 103 ODIs, she scored 4,602 runs at an average of 53.51. Lanning scored 15 centuries and 21 fifties in 102 innings, with the best score of 152*, the third most runs for Australia behind Belinda Clark and Karen Rolton.
- Ellyse Lanning has scored 3,405 runs in 132 T20Is at an average of 36.61 and a strike rate of 116, with two centuries and 15 fifties becoming Australia’s women’s highest run scorer.
- 31-year-old Lanning captained the 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 1Test as well.
So these were some of her stellar records that might be very difficult for the next generation to surpass.