There comes bad news for the Melbourne Stars franchise, their Captain Meg Lanning will miss WBBL 08. This is because Australia Women’s team Captain Meg Lanning has decided to continue her indefinite break from the game.
For the unversed, Meg Lanning has taken an indefinite break from cricket a few months back & has even missed Australia’s Commonwealth games 2022 triumph in Birmingham. It still stays unclear when will the swashbuckling captain will make a comeback to Cricket. Melbourne Stars confirmed the news of Lanning’s unavailability in the WBBL 08 through an Official Release.
“Meg Lanning will not feature in the upcoming edition of the league. The club respects her decision & requests all to maintain her privacy,” Stars said in a release.
Meg Lanning’s absence means that the Club needs to find a new Captain for their WBBL 08 Campaign. The franchise will begin its campaign against Brisbane Heat on October 15. Earlier this year, Meg Lanning already handed the Captaincy of Victoria Club to Sophie Molineux.
Meg Lanning staying out of action increases the chances of Australia Women appointing a new interim Captain for their India tour in mid-December. Shelley Nitschke the new head coach of Australia Women’s Cricket stated that the talk about Lanning’s future hadn’t taken place yet. She also stated that when the right time comes & Australian captain returns to action they will probably have a discussion about her future with the Australian Captain.
A Glimpse of Meg Lanning’s Achievements
Meg Lanning was appointed as the Captain of the Australian team when she was just 21 years old. Since then she has led the Australia Women’s team to laurels of success by guiding the team to T20 and ODI World Cup titles along with multiple Ashes victories & inaugural CWG 2022 title in their kitty. One of the leading batters in World Cricket, Meg Lanning enjoys an average of 53.53 in ODIs & 36.48 in T20Is.
Notably, the outstanding player has been a leading run-scorer of WBBL in the last two seasons. In WBBL Lanning has represented stars in 54 matches amassing 1,805 runs at an average of 41.97. The batter has also smashed 18 half-centuries for the franchise.
WBBL 08: Melbourne Stars Squad:
Lucy Cripps, Sophie Day, Alice Capsey, Nicole Faltum, Kim Garth, Rhys McKenna, Sasha Moloney, Jemimah Rodrigues, Annabel Sutherland, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Sophie Reid, Tess Flintoff,