Meg Lanning retires from international cricket

Meg Lanning has made the shock decision to retire from international cricket effective immediately, aged 31.

Australia's captain had not played for her country since lifting the T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

Lanning is currently captaining the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL and appears set to continue to play domestic cricket.

The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me. I've been incredibly fortunate to enjoy a 13-year international career, but I know now is the right time for me to move on to something new.
Meg Lanning

Lanning has taken several breaks from cricket in recent seasons for a variety of issues. She missed Australia's tour in India in December of that year before returning for the build-up to the 2023 T20 World Cup.

Lanning made her international debut as an 18-year-old in 2010 and has played 241 matches for Australia including six Tests, 103 ODIs and 132 T20Is.

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She will go down as one of the most successful captains in cricket history having captained Australia to four T20 World Cup titles, an ODI World Cup title and a Commonwealth Games title.