15/04/2024

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Competing at International level for over 12 years, Australian women's captain Meg Lanning is no stranger to playing cricket at the highest level, but she faces a new frontier when women's cricket is introduced to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Competing at international level for over 12 years, Australian women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning is no stranger to playing cricket at the highest level. She faces a new frontier however with the upcoming introduction of women’s cricket to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Playing in six successful World Cup campaigns, winning two Women’s World Cup titles and four ICC Women’s World T20 titles, Lanning is one of the most experienced and successful women’s cricketers going around. She has now made her aspirations clear to claim gold in Birmingham.

Lanning spoke on Thursday about the unique opportunity that presents itself and the team’s expectations for the tournament.

“It’s hugely special, I grew up watching a lot of the Commonwealth Games and I just loved the team atmosphere and how everyone just tried to work together and go towards that common goal so to be able to be part of that was something personally,” Lanning explained.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I know the squad is as well. It’s a new experience for us and there is a little bit of unknown with what we are heading into, but we are looking forward to embracing it and trying to take on as much as we can.”

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When asked about how they feel about being part of the wider Australian Commonwealth Games team, Lanning says it’s something that is unique and exciting.

“It’s coming up pretty quick, it’s a new experience for our group, you know being part of that bigger Australian team, which is something we really want to embrace,” Lanning said.

“[We] can’t wait to play our first game and get to the village and experience it all and to represent Australia on a really big stage.

“It’s a new platform for the game and to reach a new audience is something that it really exciting for the sport so hopefully we can put on a good show.”

Despite never having competed on the Commonwealth Games stage, there’s no reason why Australia can’t take home the ultimate glory.

“We are going over there to win the gold, there is no doubt about that,” Lanning said.

“We go out there to win every game we can, and the first Commonwealth Games medal is up for grabs in the women’s cricket.

“It’s certainly something we are striving for but we’ve got a tough game first up against India. We seem to meet them a lot in the first game of major tournaments so super excited to get out there and challenge ourselves.”

Looking ahead, the 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in Victoria with four regional hubs included in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland.

Being held in Australia’s sporting capital, Lanning says it is exciting for the state.

“I mean we will see what happens but the dates got announced recently,” Lanning said.

“To have a competition or a tournament here like that in Australia, in Victoria, hopefully I’m still around to be involved.”

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The Commonwealth Games 2022 Squad

Meg Lanning (Captain)

Rachael Haynes (Vice-captain)

Darcie Brown

Nicola Carey

Ashleigh Gardner

Grace Harris

Alyssa Healy

Jess Jonassen

Alana King

Tahlia McGrath

Beth Mooney

Ellyse Perry

Megan Schutt

Annabel Sutherland

Amanda Jade-Wellington

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