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Lanning’s Relief: Skipper Feels Refreshed after Break

Meg Lanning, Australia’s women’s captain, who took a hiatus from cricket after leading Australia to a Commonwealth gold medal success last year, has revealed that her time away from the game allowed her to feel normal.

Lanning, who will return to international cricket after a five-month absence, also said that she would want to play as much as possible.

“Initially I wasn’t too sure how it was going to pan out. I just wanted to switch off from cricket, get away a little bit, give myself a bit of time to think and work out where I just wanted to be. Became pretty clear that I still wanted to play cricket and loved the game, just needed some time to be able to feel normal, have a bit less structure around what I was doing. Having done that, I feel really refreshed and ready to go.” Lanning said.

During her hiatus, she travelled and worked in a café pouring coffee and cleaning dishes, giving her a new perspective on things.

The Aussie skipper added, “I feel I’ve got a lot left in the game, both from an individual point of view and with the team. I am not sure what the future holds but would certainly love to keep playing as long as I can.”

Lanning will captain Australia’s women’s team against Pakistan in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series that begins on Monday, January 16 in Brisbane.