Australia captain Meg Lanning is all set to return to professional cricket after a break of six months. Tagging along will be leg spinner, Georgia Wareham, returning after a brief period of 12 months.
Lanning and Wareham have been named in Victoria’s WNCL squad to play against New South Wales in two ODIs on January 5 and January 7 in Melbourne. Lanning will lead the team for a three-match series against Pakistan from January 16. The captain took a break post the Commonwealth Games in August 2021.
Wareham was out of the squad for a long time following a serious knee injury. She has now fully recovered from the ACL injury in her knew that she ruptured in a WBBL game back in October 2021.
“It’s going to be fantastic to have both Meg and Georgia back on the field for Victoria, especially against NSW in a match that will have so much international experience,” said Cricket Victoria’s Head of Female Cricket, Sharelle McMahon.
The captain holds the record for most Women’s One Day International centuries and is the first-ever Australian to score 2,000 T20I runs. But Meg won’t be captaining the side. Their original captain Sophie Molineux has been ruled out due to an ACL injury so, Nicole Faltum will lead Victoria for the remainder season of WNCL. Meg, returning just as a player and not a captain, missed WBBL and a tour of India during her leave period.
“I can’t wait to be out on the field again against Pakistan. Sometimes you just have to hit pause, step back and take a breather. That’s certainly what I needed,” said Meg announcing her return.
Victoria WNCL squad:
N Faltum (capt), T Atkinson, S Bates, S Day, T Flintoff, K Garth, O Henry, M Lanning, R O’Donnell, E Perry, S Reid, A Sutherland, G Wareham