Meg Lanning, current captain of the Australian national cricket team, is one of the best women cricketers of all time.
Meg, at the age of 29, is probably the best batsman across all the formats of the game.
So, today we have listed down some of the most interesting facts about her.
1) On 25 March 1992, Meg was born to father Wayne Lanning, a banker, and mother Sue in Singapore
2) Her family moved to Sydney in Australia and did her schooling at Warrawee Public School and Carey Baptist Grammar School.
3) Meg’s father Wayne was a keen cricket enthusiast who introduced her to the game of cricket
4) From an early age, Meg took great interest in playing many other sports along with cricket
5) At the age of 10, she started taking cricket seriously and even played cricket with boys to improve her reflexes
6) At 14, Meg Lanning became the first girl to play for the Associated Public Schools team, a boy’s representative team.
7) She, along with future Australian teammate Ellyse Perry, represented New South Wales at the primary school level.
8) While growing up, Ricky Ponting and Paul Kelly were Meg’s sporting heroes
9) On 30 December 2010, Meg Lanning made her T20I debut for the Australian women’s cricket team against New Zealand at Nelson
10) On 5 January 2011, Meg made her ODI debut for the Australian women’s cricket team against England at WACA
11) In her 2nd ODI match, Meg scored her maiden ODI century ( 103 not out off 118 balls ) to help Australia win against England by nine wickets
At 18 years and 288 days, she achieved this feat and became Australia’s youngest-ever centurion—a record previously held by his sporting hero Ricky Ponting.
12) On 10 November 2012, Lanning smashed 175 runs against the ACT Meteors and became the highest individual scorer in the Women’s National Cricket League.
13) Lanning was also the third-highest run-scorer at the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup
14) At the age of 20, Meg broke the record of the fastest fifty and fastest hundred in an ODI by an Australian women cricketer.
15) Meg Lanning made her Test debut against England in the first test of the 2013 Ashes series at Sir Paul Getty’s Ground.
She scored 48 in the first innings and made 38 in the second innings of that test match
16) On 19 January 2014, replacing Jodie Fields, Lanning became Australia’s youngest-ever captain at the age of 21
17) In June 2014, Lanning became Australia’s full-time captain for all three formats
This event was termed as “messy captaincy handover” by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’
18) On 5 March 2017, she scored her 10th ODI hundred against New Zealand and became the first women cricketer to score ten centuries on Women’s ODIs.
19) In March 2018, Meg became the second-fastest woman to reach 3,000 ODI runs
20) She is the first Australian to score 2,000 T20I runs and holds the record for the most centuries in women’s ODIs
21) Meg has received the Belinda Clark Award thrice in his career in 2014, 2015 and 2017
22) Lanning was the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2015, ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year in 2014, and the ‘Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World’ in 2015.
23) Also, Meg has been a member of five successful world championship campaigns
24) In 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Health Science from the Australian Catholic University.
25) She also supports the Sydney Swans in Australian rules football