Aptly nicknamed “the Celebrity”, Meg Lanning has accomplished an unbelievable quantity. In 2006 she was the primary woman to play first XI cricket for a Public Faculties crew when she represented Carey Grammar on the age of 14. Her ODI debut got here in 2011 in opposition to England, and in most effective her 2d recreation, she scored an unbeaten 103, changing into at 18 years and 288 days outdated the youngest Australian – male or feminine – to attain a global century. A 12 months later, in an ODI in opposition to New Zealand, she broke the document for the quickest century through an Australian, racking up her ton in an insignificant 45 balls.
Recognised as having an excellent cricket mind, in January 2014 Lanning was the youngest ever captain of Australia (elderly 21) mid-Ashes after an harm to Jodie Fields. She led from the entrance to complete as her facet’s best run-scorer within the collection. In April that 12 months she led her crew to their 3rd consecutive T20 Global Cup identify, hanging up a ferocious efficiency with the bat: she hit 44 within the ultimate, and within the team fit in opposition to Eire, in a panoramic efficiency, she slammed 126 off 65 balls. On the time that was once the perfect ranking in Ladies’s T20Is and in 2019 Lanning would spoil her personal document with 133 now not out in opposition to England, even supposing a couple of months later would lose best spot to team-mate Alyssa Healy.
Due to her trademark competitive taste with the bat, Lanning can in reality declare to be one in every of ladies’s cricket’s family names. 2015 introduced the joy of being named as Wisden’s inaugural Main Feminine Cricketer within the Global, in addition to captaining her facet to victory within the 2015 Ashes collection. Lanning’s recent, cutting edge option to captaincy was once praised, in particular all over the Canterbury Take a look at fit, which her facet gained through 161 runs.
There then adopted a few years the place Australia didn’t have issues all their very own approach, dropping to West Indies within the 2016 Global T20 ultimate and being knocked out of the 2017 ODI Global Cup within the semis through Harmanpreet Kaur impressive century all over which Lanning was once hampered through a long-standing shoulder harm that might in the long run rule her out of the 2017-18 Ashes.
On the other hand, since then she has overseen one of the dominant eras in Australian recreation as she led the crew to a document unbeaten run in ODIs and back-to-back T20 Global Cup triumphs, at the start within the West Indies after which a crowning second for her profession – without reference to what remains to be to come back – when she lifted the trophy in entrance of greater than 86,000 other people on the MCG in early 2020.
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