An emotional Meg Lanning has announced her retirement from international cricket, stating that her decision had been building for some time. The 31-year-old Australian cricket captain shocked fans with the sudden announcement, explaining that she no longer felt fully committed to the requirements of playing for Australia. Lanning expressed her realization that she had been trying to convince herself to continue playing for the past 18 months and that she had battled to find the necessary motivation to keep going. Having taken two extended breaks over the last 18 months, Lanning said that she had found it easier to make the decision to retire.
Lanning's retirement marks the end of a glittering career, during which she won five World Cups. Her firm and determined demeanor on the field made her emotional farewell all the more surprising, as she shed tears while speaking to the media. Reflecting on her retirement, Lanning thanked her family, close friends, and long-time coaches, Matthew Mott and Shelley Nitschke, for their support throughout her career. She expressed her pride in helping Australia bounce back from the disappointment of the 2017 ODI World Cup semi-final loss and leading the team through a successful period.
While Lanning will continue playing domestic cricket with Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) and Victoria in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL), she admitted to not having a clear plan for her future outside of cricket. She revealed that she has taken time away from the game to explore other opportunities and is open to trying new things. Although she will miss the competitiveness and big moments of international cricket, Lanning expressed relief at having made the decision to retire and finding clarity for the next phase of her life.
With her retirement from international cricket, Lanning leaves a legacy as one of Australia's most successful and influential cricketers. Her captaincy and vital performances under pressure will be remembered, particularly during Australia's victorious campaigns in the T20 World Cups, an ODI World Cup, and a Commonwealth Games gold medal. As Lanning embarks on a new chapter, her fans and the cricket community await her next move with anticipation.