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Australia legend Meg Lanning announces shock international retirement

Australia legend Meg Lanning announces shock international retirement

Meg Lanning took the social media by storm after she announced to bid adieu from the game of cricket at a young age of 31

In a shocking piece of news, Australia skipper Meg Lanning has announced her retirement from international cricket. Australia’s most successful captain was battling mental health issues and also took an indefinite break from cricket. However, the Australian board were sure of their mercurial leader coming off a comeback, but Lanning chose to step away from cricket at the age of 31. The Australian skipper said in a press conference that the decision was a tough one to make, but the right one.

“The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me,” Lanning said in press conference.

“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.

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One of Australia’s finest batters, and leaders, Lanning led the team to a record 182 times, won 7 World Cups – five of those as captains. The 31-year-old also holds the record of scoring 15 centuries in ODIs. Lanning last played international cricket in the T20 World Cup final against South Africa earlier this year.

The former Australia captain also lead Delhi Capitals to the finals of the first-ever Women’s IPL in 2023.

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Australia CEO Nick Hockley lavished huge praise on Lanning, and also wished success in her future endeavors.

“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,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO said.

Lanning represented Australia in 241 matches – six Tests, 103 ODIs, 132 T20Is. She finished her career with 8352 runs. While the 31-year-old announced international retirement, Lanning will continue playing in the T20 leagues across the globe. Currently, the right-hand batter is leading Melbourne Stars in WBBL.

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