Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia, will abstain from the match permanently due to personal obligations. Lanning will be unable to participate in the Hundred who just guided where she would have represented Trent Rockets.
She guided Australia to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, in addition to their T20 and ODI World Cup victories in 2020 and 2022. The WNCL kicks off Australia’s domestic season in late September, followed by the WBBL in October.
The following series for Australia will be an away T20I tour of India in the middle of December. Later they will host Pakistan in January before the T20 World Cup in South Africa.
“After a busy couple of years, I’ve made the decision to take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself,” Lanning said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the support of CA and my teammates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time.”
Cricket Australia’s head of performance, women’s cricket, Shawn Flegler said: “We’re proud of Meg for acknowledging that she needs a break and will continue to support her during this time.
“She’s been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the last decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as part of the team, and has been a brilliant role model for young kids.
“The welfare of our players is always our number one priority, and we’ll continue to work with Meg to ensure she gets the support and space she needs.”
Melbourne Stars general manager Blair Crouch said: “We’re fully supportive of Meg’s desire to have a break from cricket and we will give her all the time, support and space she needs.”
Lanning made her international debut in 2010, and at age 21 she was appointed captain the following year. With 135 triumphs, she has steered the squad in 171 games across all formats. She has only missed five international competitions since 2017.
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