Meg Lanning is captain of the Australian Women's Test, ODI and T20 teams. Meg resides in Melbourne and represents Victoria in the WNCL and recently joined the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL.
At just 25, Meg boasts an impressive record. She made her debut for the Victorian Spirit on 6 December 2008 against South Australia aged 16. She then had a breakthrough 2010/11 season which culminated in her producing a player-of-the-match performance of 74 runs off 62 balls in the WT20 Grand Final against New South Wales to lead Victoria to the title.
She hit her first century for Victoria in October 2011, making 127 off 123 balls against Queensland. She had an impressive 2011/12 domestic season, with a batting average of 48 in WNCL matches and 37.36 in WT20 matches. Thanks to this impressive form, Meg collected both the WNCL and Women's T20 Player of the Year for the Victorian Spirit, whilst also being named the WT20 Player of the Year.
On 10 November 2012, Meg broke the record for the highest individual score in the Women's National Cricket League, smashing 175 from 142 balls against ACT. Eight days after posting this record, she then smashed 241 not out off 136 balls for Box Hill Cricket Club in the Victorian Women's Cricket Association, which was the highest individual score in Women's Premier Cricket.
Meg made her T20 International debut on 30 December 2010 against New Zealand. She then made her One-Day International (ODI) debut on 5 January 2011 against England at the WACA Ground. Two days later, in just her 2nd international game, she scored her maiden ODI century against England, making 103 not out off 148 balls. In doing so, at 18 years and 288 days she became the country's youngest ever centurion – male or female, comfortably beating Ricky Ponting's previous record of 21 years and 21 days. Meg also holds the records for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in an ODI by an Australian female cricketer. Breaking the record in December 2012 scoring a century off just 45 balls!
She has since been a regular in the Australian Women's Cricket Team, scoring centuries and breaking records across all formats. Meg is the youngest Australian Cricket Captain ever – Male or Female.
Meg has also won the Belinda Clarke Medal twice - the prize for Australia’s top International Women’s cricketer. She led the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars to a third-successive ICC World Twenty20 crown in Bangladesh as well as clean sweeps of Pakistan and the West Indies at home.
Meg Captained the Southern Stars to an incredible Ashes Series win in the UK in August 2015 - this is the first time the feat has been achieved since 2001. She finished the series as second leading run-scorer.
She has now played 136 matches for Australia and has scored 11 ODI centuries plus a T20 century. She's is already one of the greats of the game.
Meg was #1 ranked batter in the world in the ODI and T-20 formats until she was forced to have surgery on a shoulder injury, that kept her out of the 2017/18 Ashes Series. She is expected to return to the field in February 2018.
Awards / Achievements
Made his ODI debut in October 2010 aged 20.
Made his Test Debut in December 2011 at the Gabba against New Zealand after taking back to back 5 wicket hauls for NSW.
Member of the Sydney Sixers team who won the 2011/12 KFC BBL tournament.
Has taken the prized Test scalp of cricket’s leading run scorer Sachin Tendulkar twice.
Leading wicket taker in the English County Championship T20 competition taking 18 wickets at 10.7 for Yorkshire during his stint in the UK for the 2012 season.
Praised by Wasim Akram as one of the most exciting young fast bowlers in World Cricket due to his ability to produce great pace, swing and bounce.
Leading wicket ticker at the T20 Champions League in South Africa with the Sydney Sixers in 2012.
Leading wicket-taker for Australia in 2014 World T20.
Player of the Tri-Series against India and England 2015.
Player of the tournament for the ICC World Cup in Australia's victorious campaign. Leading the bowling with 22 wicket at an average of 10.
Leading wicket-taker for Australia in 2015 Ashes series with 18 scalps and 2 half-centuries.
Leading wicket-taker and Player of the Tournament in the 2015 Matador BBQ One Day Cup with 26 wickets at the average of 8. This is also the record for most wickets in an Australian One Day Domestic season.
Fastest recorded delivery in the history of Test cricket (160.4kph) v NZ at the WACA on 15th November 2015.
#1 Ranked bowler in ODI cricket.
Fastest bowler in history to 100 ODI wickets.
Australian Test Player of the Year 2016.
Made her professional debut aged 16 in 2008
Highest individual score in the Women's National Cricket League (175 off 142 balls)
Highest Individual score in Victorian Women's Premier Cricket (241 Not Ot off 136 balls)
7 International Centuries
Youngest ever Centurion for Australia, Male or Female (18 years and 288 days)
Holds the records for the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in an ODI by an Australian female cricketer. Breaking the record in December 2012 scoring a century off just 45 balls