Meghann Moira LanningOpening Batswoman
Date of Birth3/25/1992
Place of BirthSingapore
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium fast
Lanning is popularly hailed as a Mega-star of the Women’s game. At such a young age she has so many feats that make her career striking. The batswoman and captain of the Australian team is named amongst the most succesful batswomen of World Cricket. At present, she holds the No.1 place in ICC ranking charts.
Lanning took to the game when she was in her school days. Playing for Victoria Spirit in her first domestic season(2008), she wasn’t that effective. But was an ardent learner backed by a kean spirit. She would make her comeback in the next domestic season wherein she slammed 74 runs off 62 balls in WT20 grand finals against NSW to lead Victoria to the title. Along with this she also let personal score ticking in the tournament. The 2010 season was the breakthrough year for the young lanning followed by the extraordinary performances in T20 domestic tournament in 2011. For these performances she was awarded multiple awards at domestic level. Consistent performances help her to grab selectors attention. She played her 1st T20 against arch rivals New Zealand before earning her ODI cap. Her explosive batting made her a firebrand cricketer. Soon, she would be named in the ODI squad against England in 2011, and in her second game, she scored an unbeaten 103, becoming the youngest Australian – male or female – to score an international century. Since then she has been a regular member of the Australian side in all forms of the game. She is amongst the highest run getters in Women’s Cricket. Thus far she has slammed 3000 ODI at an average of 54.52. She has 11 ODI centuries against her name, world record. Her T20 career is also effective. In the T20 format she averages over 31.00, having slammed nearly 2000 runs. She has also one unique record to her name. At 2014 World T20, Lanning blistered a knock of 126 runs from 65 balls. Young Lanning’s consistency, shown amply in her stats prove she is the future of Australian Cricket.
Hence, in January 2014 Lanning became the youngest ever captain of Australia (aged 21) mid-Ashes after an injury to Jodie Fields. She led from the front to finish as her side’s top run-scorer in the series.The same year she led her team to their third consecutive World Twenty20 title, putting up a sterling performance with the bat: she hit 44 runs in the final encounter which helped her team to lift the World cup. She finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer (with 257 runs at a strike rate of 158.6). Later in 2014, she was at the forefront of her team’s whitewashes of Pakistan and West Indies, with successive ODI scores of 95, 22, 135* and 84. She is the integral part of the Australian team firming the core of the team along with Perry and Healy. Since she took up the captaincy, her performance excelled. This is the reason, she was named as Wisden’s inaugural Leading Female Cricketer in the World. That said, she led her side to victory in the 2015 Ashes series. Lanning’s astute cricketing mind, innovative approach to captaincy was praised, particularly during the Canterbury Test match, which her side won by 161 runs. She was named ICC Women’s T20 cricketer of the year in 2014. She was also named ICC Women’s ODI cricketer of the year in 2015. She was awarded with Belinda clark medal by Australian board in 2014,2015 and 2017. There’s hardly a doubt over her inclusion in WBBL as she was signed by Melbourne stars in 2015. She continued to play until she signed a multi year deal with Perth Scochers in 2017. Her aggressive batting has helped her to get a break in various leagues. By seeing her batting stats and consistency, a lot is expected from her side in near future. Hope she continues her form and break more such records.