Women’s Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars have named the all-rounder Meg Lanning as the skipper for the upcoming season. Lanning had joined the Stars in the off-season after her stint with the Perth Scorchers in 2019.
The 28-year-old all-rounder will be replacing Elyse Villani after returning to the Stars in July. She also has the prior experience of leading the Stars for the starting two season before moving to Perth.
“I’m looking forward to leading the Melbourne Stars again and building on the great work Elyse Villani has done,” Lanning said.
“It’s a privilege to be captain and we’re pretty happy with how our squad looks ahead of the tournament. More than anything, I’m really looking forward to getting back to playing cricket, firstly with Australia and then with Stars in WBBL.” she added.
Last week, the Stars had confirmed the signing of the England duo Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver, followed by the final acquisition of Bhavi Devchand.
“I think we’re in a pretty good place. In recent seasons we’ve been able to make some competitive totals with the bat but have struggled to take key wickets and really break a game open,” head coach Trent Woodhill said.
The 6th edition of the Women’s Big Bash League will begin from October 25 with the entire tournament to take place in Sydney.
Melbourne Stars: Meg Lanning (capt), Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Annabel Sutherland, Lucy Cripps, Bhavi Devchand, Alana King, Holly Ferling, Erin Osborne, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum.