Australia captain Meg Lanning takes an indefinite break from play

Australia captain Meg Lanning has made a shocking announcement of her retirement from cricket shortly after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia’s world champion Meg Lanning has announced she is indefinitely retiring from cricket, saying she needs some time to focus on herself.

Just days after leading her team to gold at the Commonwealth Games, 30-year-old Lanning decided to take an indefinite break before returning for personal reasons.

“After a busy few years, I’ve made the decision to take a step back so I can spend time focusing on myself,” she said in a statement.

“I am grateful for the support of CA and my teammates and ask that my privacy be respected during this time.”

Lanning, who has captained Australia since 2014, was next set to play in England in the upcoming edition of The Hundred and her immediate future as a player remains unclear.

A statement from Cricket Australia said Lanning’s participation in the forthcoming Australian domestic summer would come “in due course”, with the captain taking “an indefinite leave of absence with immediate effect”.

The Australian team are unlikely to play again before a one-day series against Pakistan in January, but whether Lanning will take part in the WBBL remains unclear.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games ended two and a half years in which Lanning and her team won both the T20I and ODI World Cups and an Ashes home series.

CA’s Head of Performance, Women’s Cricket, Shawn Flegler, said they supported their decision and welfare remained the top priority.

“We are proud of Meg for acknowledging that she needs a break and will continue to support her during this time,” he said.

“She has made an incredible contribution to Australian cricket over the past decade, achieving remarkable achievements both individually and as part of a team and being a brilliant role model to young children.

“The well-being of our players is always our top priority and we will continue to work with Meg to ensure she has the support and space she needs.”

Lanning, who has captained Australia 171 times – a number surpassed only by Ricky Ponting and Allan Border – also recently resigned as captain of Victoria before making this latest announcement.

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