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Australia’s captain has announced his surprise retirement from international cricket.

Australia’s captain has announced his surprise retirement from international cricket.

Meg Lanning, Australia’s women’s captain, has shocked the world by announcing her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

Lanning, who has won two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups and five ICC Women’s T20 World Cups, retires at the age of 31 after scoring over 8000 runs for her country across all formats.

“The decision to step away from international cricket was a difficult one to make, but I feel now is the right time for me,” Lanning said in a statement.

“I’ve had the incredible fortune of having a 13-year international career, but I know it’s time for me to move on to something new.”

“Team success is why you play the game; I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and will treasure the moments I’ve shared with teammates along the way.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude to my family, teammates, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for allowing me to play the game I love at the highest level.”

“I also want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my international career.”

Lanning won her first ICC title at the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2012, and the following year she won the 50-over World Cup in India.

The ultra-consistent right-hander took over the captaincy from Jodie Fields at the start of 2014 and never looked back, captaining Australia on 182 occasions and winning five ICC titles during a golden period for Australian cricket.

Lanning was named ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year in 2014 and the following year was adjudged the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.

More titles followed for Australia under Lanning’s watchful eye, and the fearsome leader also led her country to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Games in Birmingham.

Lanning finished her international career with 17 international centuries, 15 of which came in 50-over cricket, including a career-best 152* against Sri Lanka in Bristol in 2017.

That total of 15 centuries is the most in women’s one-day international cricket, with New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates coming in second with 12.

Lanning’s most recent international appearance came earlier this year, when she captained her country to the T20 World Cup title in South Africa.

Lanning finished her international career with 17 international centuries, 15 of which came in 50-over cricket, including a career-best 152* against Sri Lanka in Bristol in 2017.

That total of 15 centuries is the most in women’s one-day international cricket, with New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates coming in second with 12.

Lanning’s most recent international appearance came earlier this year, when she captained her country to the T20 World Cup title in South Africa.

 

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