SYDNEY: Australia’s women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning said on Wednesday she would take an indefinite break from the game to “spend some time focusing on myself”.
The record-breaking 30-year-old made the announcement just days after leading her all-conquering side to Commonwealth Games gold.
“After a busy few years, I made the decision to take a step back to allow myself time to focus on myself,” Lanning said in a statement.
“I am grateful for the support of CA (Cricket Australia) and my teammates and ask that my privacy be respected during this time.”
Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham capped an eventful two-and-a-half-year streak of success for Australia and Lanning, including a World Cup triumph earlier this year.
“We are proud of Meg for recognizing that she needed a break and we will continue to support her during this time,” said Cricket Australia Women’s Performance Manager Shawn Flegler.
“She has been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the past decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as a team,” added Flegler.
“The well-being of our players is always our number one priority and we will continue to work with Meg to ensure she has the support and space she needs.”
Debuting at 18, Lanning’s skill with the bat broke records early on, holding the mark for most centuries in women’s one-day international cricket.
Became skipper at 21, she led the team 171 times.
Lanning’s loss comes ahead of the T20’s Australian tour of India in December and after the departure of head coach Matthew Mott, who led the team for seven years.