Australia captain Meg Lanning to take an indefinite break from the game

After a “crazy couple of years,” the 30-year-old says she is taking the time to concentrate on herself.

The news broke after Lanning led her nation to gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Lanning stated that I’ve decided to take a step back after a hectic couple of years to spend time focused on myself.

The two-time Cricket World Cup champion said, “I ask that my privacy be respected at this time, and I’m thankful for the support of Cricket Australia (CA) and my teammates.”

Lanning won’t be competing for Trent Rockets in the next Hundred event.

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Although we are understandably sorry that Meg won’t be playing for us this season, Trent Rockets assured her of their full support when she took a sabbatical from cricket.

“We send her our warmest wishes. The remaining Rockets Women are eager to begin their Hundred season on Saturday.”

Lanning will be replaced by Ireland all-rounder Kim Garth for the Rockets.

In due course, a decision will be taken about the four-time ICC T20 World Cup champion’s participation in the Australian domestic season.

Shawn Flegler, the CA’s director of performance for women’s cricket, said: “Meg has our admiration for admitting that she needs a break, and we will continue to be there for her.

“She has contributed much to Australian cricket over the last ten years, accomplishing amazing exploits individually and as a team member, and has served as an excellent role model for young children.

“Our athletes’ wellbeing is always our first concern, and we’ll keep working with Meg to make sure she receives the support and space she needs,” the statement reads.