Australia Women’s team Captain, Meg Lanning & late Shane Warne have been honored in the annual Queen’s Birthday List. Meg Lanning, 30 who had led Australia to ODI World Cup triumph has been awarded the Member of the General Division for her significant service to women’s cricket at the top level. While Late legend Shane Warne received his first Australian State honor after being named an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Meg Lanning has taken the Australian Womne’s team to new heights of success since taking over the reins of captaincy in 2014. Under Lanning’s supervision, Australia Women had won three T20 World Cup titles as well as three Ashes in 2015, 2019, and 2021-22 (she missed 2017-18 due to injury) and been in charge of a record-breaking 26-match ODI winning streak. Lanning also enjoys the record of highest ODI centuries as a women cricketer. She has represented her country on 221 occasions & has guided them to laurels of success in all formats.
“We are enormously proud to see Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning recognized in today’s Honour List,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said. “Her leadership and performances have been central to the outstanding success of our women’s team.
On the other hand, spin legend Warne who passed away on March 4 due to a heart attack in Thailand has been appointed an Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday honour List. Warne was one of the top leg-spinners in the World Cricket who had reframed the art of leg-spin when he made his debut in international cricket in the early 1990s. By the time he took his retirement in 2007, he had become the first bowler to reach 700 Test wickets.
Shane Warne was also named by the Wisden cricketer’s Almanack as one of its five cricketers of the 20th cnetury for his integral role in Australia’s World Cup triumph in 1999. Warne was also awarded the player of the match in both the semi-final and the final of the ICC World Cup 1999.
Shane ended his celebrated career with 708 Test Wickets & 293 ODI wickets which placed him second in the list of all-time international wicket-takers in World Cricket behind Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (1,347). Shane also captained Australia in 11 One-Day Internationals, winning 10 and losing just once.
This award reflects Shane Warne’s contribution to the game of cricket as well as wider society. The legendary cricketer was associated with non-profitable organizations & charitable trusts to work for the welfare of the unprivileged section of the society.
“Shane Warne was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers the world has ever seen and we are reminded today of the indelible legacy he created both on and off the field”, said Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley.
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