The skipper of Australia remarked, “I’ve decided to take a step back so that I can spend time focusing on myself.
Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia, will abstain from the match permanently due to personal obligations.
Lanning, who just guided Australia to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, in addition to their T20 and ODI World Cup victories in 2020 and 2022, will be unable to participate in the Hundred where she would have represented Trent Rockets. The WNCL kicks off Australia’s domestic season in late September, followed by the WBBL in October.
After hosting Pakistan in January before the T20 World Cup in South Africa, Australia will play an away T20I tour of India in the middle of December.
Lanning stated in a statement that she had decided to step down “after a busy couple of years so that I can spend time focusing on myself.” I ask that my privacy be observed at this time and express my gratitude to CA and my team members for their assistance.
The head of performance for women’s cricket at Cricket Australia, Shawn Flegler, said: “We’re pleased of Meg for admitting that she needs a break and will continue to assist her during this time.
She has contributed greatly to Australian cricket over the past ten years, accomplishing amazing exploits both individually and as a member of the team, and has served as an excellent role model for young children.
“Our athletes’ welfare is always our top priority, and we’ll keep working with Meg to make sure she receives the support and space she needs,” the statement reads.
“We’re totally supportive of Meg’s choice to have a break from cricket and we will give her all the time, support, and space she needs,” said Melbourne Stars general manager Blair Crouch.
Lanning made her international debut in 2010 and was named captain as a 21-year-old in 2014. She has led the team in 171 matches across all formats with 135 victories. Since 2017 she has only missed five internationals.