Australia’s captain had not played for her country since lifted the T20 World Cup aloft in South Africa in February. She missed Australia’s tour of the UK due to an undisclosed medical issue and did not play in the recent T20 and ODI series against West Indies despite being fit to play having returned to play WNCL cricket for Victoria.
Lanning is currently captaining the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL and appears to set to continue to play domestic cricket.
Lanning has taken several breaks from cricket in recent seasons for a variety of issues. In 2022, following Australia’s Commonwealth Games triumph, she took a leave of absence from the game and worked as a barista at a local coffee shop in Melbourne. She missed Australia’s tour in India in December of that year before returning for the build-up to the 2023 T20 World Cup.
Lanning has played international cricket for 13 years having made her debut as an 18-year-old in 2010. She has played 241 matches for Australia including six Tests, 103 ODIs and 132 T20Is. She will go down as one of the most successful captains in cricket history having captained Australia to four T20 World Cup titles, an ODI World Cup title and a Commonwealth Games title.
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