Australian Legend is set to make her comeback through the upcoming 2 matches of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL). Victoria’s Meg Lanning has been named in the squad for their matches against Western Australia. Lanning last played a competitive match back in March in the inaugural season of Women’s Premier League (WPL).
Meg’s last appearance for the national team came in the Finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2023 South Africa against the hosts. Australian side captained by Meg Lanning thumped the proteas side quite comfortably to clinch yet another World Cup.
Meg Lanning missed the historic Women’s Ashes owing to an undisclosed medical issue. Meg has also been not named in the upcoming home series against West Indies.
Meg Lanning has a stellar record across formats, as she has scored 8352 runs across the three formats from a total of 235 innings.
Australia’s National Selector, Shawn Flegler has confirmed that Meg Lanning will first play in the domestic matches before making her much-awaited comeback for the National side.
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Meg Lanning's return to competitive cricket is confirmed, ending her hiatus since March's WPL.
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She said, “We’re hopeful that she’ll come through domestic cricket first up, and we’ll see how things progress through there. She was up at the Sunshine Coast, and we caught up there. She’s progressing well. Just part of that return-to-play plan, we’re keen for her to come back through domestic cricket first and see how she goes with that but she’s going well, Meg. Very hopeful that she’s back on deck at some point during the summer for Australia.”
Sharelle McMahon, Cricket Victoria’s Head of Female Cricket said, “It has also been great to have Meg back with the squad and we are thrilled that she will be joining the group travelling to WA.”
Victoria will face Western Australia on 26 and 28 September in the opening two rounds of WNCL. Meg Lanning will be united with Ellyse Perry, who is also making her comeback following an injury.
(Quotes sourced from Cricinfo)
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