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Melbourne Stars announced on Tuesday Skipper Meg Lanning continues to break From Cricket

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Melbourne Stars announced Tuesday that their skipper Meg Lanning will continue her indefinite break from Cricket and miss out on the eighth season of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

According to a statement from the team, “Melbourne Stars Captain Meg Lanning will continue her extended hiatus from cricket and will not participate for the Melbourne Stars in WBBL08.”

The club supports her choice and requests that her privacy be maintained. Lanning said earlier in August that she would take an extended cricket hiatus due to personal issues.

Lanning had just assisted her team in winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham after the Australians defeated India by nine runs.

After a hectic two-and-a-half-year period, during which Australia maintained its dominance by winning the ODI and T20I World Cup competitions and the home Ashes series, she took a break from the sport.

The 30-year-old player has not specified a comeback date but has Cricket Australia’s approval.

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Shawn Flegler, CA’s Head of Performance, Women’s Cricket, said, “We are pleased with Meg for recognizing that she needs a break and will continue to assist her throughout this time.

She has contributed much to Australian Cricket over the last ten years, accomplishing extraordinary exploits individually and as a team member. She has served as an excellent role model for young children.

The Head of Performance added, “The wellbeing of our players is always our first concern, and we will continue to work with Meg to ensure she has the support and space she needs.

In a written statement, Lanning said, “I’ve decided to step aside after a couple of hectic years so that I can spend more time concentrating on myself. I appreciate CA’s and my colleagues’ assistance and ask that my privacy be respected at this time.”

In 2010, Lanning, 18 years old, made her debut in international Cricket. Since then, she has established herself as the top batter for her team and the women’s ODI.

She became the youngest Australian to strike a century in an international game when she got a century in her second One Day International. One of the countless hundreds that came after was this.

She has led Australia 171 times since taking over as captain in 2014, behind only Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.

Lanning has appeared in 54 games for the Melbourne Stars squad. She has 1,805 runs scored in these games, averaging 41.97 runs per game. Her top mark for each of them is 97*. The Australian star has scored 18 half-centuries for Melbourne Stars.

Beginning on October 13th, the Women’s Big Bash League’s eighth season will begin.

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