"Ashes Series is something we want to tick off," says Meg Lanning

Women's CricZone Staff
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Lanning opens about her time away from cricket and her return to it

Meg Lanning. ©ICC

Australia beat New Zealand in the final ODI by 7 wickets to retain the Rose Bowl Trophy. Amy Satterthwaite and Meg Lanning spoke after the conclusion of the series.

Amy Satterthwaite said, “I guess (it is) disappointing but we find some positives somewhere. We have been competitive and managed to push them a bit which is a positive.”

On the side not playing International cricket for the rest of the year she said, “We don't have another series until South Africa in January so I guess. We have an opportunity we haven't had for 3-4 years sometime at home."

The skipper of White Ferns has tried to lead from the front throughout the series. “I feel a lot better in terms of captaincy, I have just started to get so runs on the field and that's what I wanted to lead from the fun,” said Satterthwaite.

New Zealand will host the ODI World Cup in 2021.

We have a World Cup coming up, in two years time. We should potentially invest in the top players. It will give us every chance to win the World Cup," she added.

Rosemary Mair debuted in the ODI series against Australia. On her performance the captain said, “She did really well and probably learnt a lot from the series. She learns without having to tell her much which is awesome. She has a promising future.”

Meg Lanning, the winning captain of Australia said looking back at the summer, “I guess looking from the T20 series against New Zealand to think about how it will plan out and a pretty incredible world cup win. It's been a lot of efforts to get through which is pretty pleasing summer something that we will be really proud of."

“Next year is probably busier than what this year was so we are going to have to get used it. Everyone has coped well with the way international cricket (is) going. We want to be a part of it and be able to compete for long periods and we are up to it again next summer,” Lanning added.

Australia will play the Women's Ashes in England during the month of June.

“Ashes series is something we all look forward to competing in that, to win an Ashes Series in England conditions is really tough to do. Something we want to tick off.  Once we get through the break which we are really looking forward to honing them in the Ashes Series is something really looking forward to do,” she said.

“Having been successful through the summer we have been able to show that we are able to play good cricket. Hopefully, other countries around the world can improve their programs,” Lanning added.

“I am looking forward to downtime and relaxing, knowing that we had a really good summer,"  Lanning concluded.