Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley hailed Meg Lanning as ‘one of the finest cricketers Australia has produced’ as the Australian Women’s captain announced her retirement today.
The seven-time World Cup winner and three-time Belinda Clark Medallist amassed 8352 runs 241 internationals.
Speaking on her retirement, Lanning said it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
“The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me,” she 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.”
Hockley heaped praise on the retiring skipper, highlighting her achievements.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, I would like to congratulate Meg on her incredible career as an Australian cricketer and all she has achieved as captain of the Australian women’s cricket team,” he 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.”
Lanning will continue to play in domestic competitions, including the WBBL and WNCL.
Tests: 6 matches, 345 runs @ 31.36 | highest score 93
ODIs: 103 matches, 4,602 runs @ 53.51 | highest score 152*
T20Is: 132 matches, 3,405 runs @ 36.61 | highest score 133*
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