World Cup winner and Australia captain Meg Lanning announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Thursday. The 31-year-old batter joined the media at the iconic MCG to announce her retirement. Lanning, who made her international debut at the age of 18, has won seven World Cups in her illustrious career.
It's worth noting that Lanning has represented Australia in all three formats. Since her debut in 2010, she has been a part of 241 international games, including six Tests, 103 ODIs, and 132 T20Is. The legendary batter has scored 3405 runs in 132 T20I games at an average of 36.6 and a strike rate of 116.4. In ODI cricket, she has scored 4602 runs at an average of 53.5 and a strike rate of 92.3.
"The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me. I've been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a 13-year international career, but now is the right time to move on to something new,” Lanning said while announcing her retirement.
Here is Meg Lanning's announcement of retirement:
Emotional scenes at the MCG as Meg Lanning reflects on a peerless 13-year career in international cricket 🥺 pic.twitter.com/MCdkQcHGXI— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 9, 2023
"Team success is why you play", says Meg Lanning
Further speaking about her career and success in the field, Lannig said that the team's success is a priority. She also thanked all of her teams for the opportunity. "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 in allowing me to play the game I love at the highest level", she further added.
However, Lanning's decision has left a void in the Australian dressing room. Cricket Australia is currently looking for Lanning's replacement as the team is set to tour India for a multi-format series. Meanwhile, vice-captain Alyssa Healy is currently unavailable due to illness, coping with injuries sustained from a dog bite during the ongoing Women's Big Bash League season 9.