Meghann Moira Lanning, who is popularly recognized as Meg Lanning is an Australian cricketer who currently captains the national women’s team. She has been a member of seven successful world championship campaigns, winning two Women’s Cricket World Cup and five ICC Women’s World Twenty20 titles.
Lanning holds the record for the most Women’s One Day International centuries and is the first Australian to score 2,000 Twenty20 International runs. Domestically, she is the captain of Victoria in the Women’s National Cricket League and the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League.
In January 2022, in the one-off Women’s Test match as part of the Women’s Ashes against England, Lanning became just the third cricketer after England’s Charlotte Edwards and India’s Mithali Raj to captain her side in 150 women’s international matches.
Who is Meg Lanning’s Husband?
Meg Lanning is a currently unmarried lady as of February 2023. She does not have any known husband. Though in the year 2015, there once was a rumour, or better still a news that she was in a relationship with James Considine. But after 2015 there have been no updates as regards to her relationship status.
Personal Life of Meg Lanning
Lanning was born in Singapore to father Wayne, a banker, and Mother Sue. Her family shortly thereafter relocated to the Sydney suburb of Thornleigh, where she attended Warrawee Public School. Lanning began playing organised cricket at the age of ten, following a suggestion from her teacher to try out for a regional team. She went on to represent New South Wales at primary school level alongside several future Australian teammates, including Ellyse Perry. While growing up, her sporting idols were Ricky Ponting and Paul Kelly.
Ahead of her first year at high school, Lanning’s family uprooted again, moving to the Melbourne suburb of Kew. She attended Carey Baptist Grammar School and, at 14 years of age, made headlines by becoming the first girl to play First XI cricket for an Associated Public Schools team. In 2021, Lanning was awarded the Carey Medal, which is “… presented to a member of the Carey community (a past or present student, staff or parent) in recognition of exceptional and outstanding service to the wider community …”
Lanning has also completed a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Health Science at the Australian Catholic University. She graduated in the year 2019.
During the only Test of the 2019 Women’s Ashes, Lanning recorded her first half-century in cricket’s longest format. With the match petering out as a “dull” draw, her tactical decisions as captain—including the timing of declarations and employment of a second new ball—were questioned by several commentators amidst suggestions that “cricket was the loser” and that “a will to win and a desire to do the long format justice went astray”. Regardless, the series was dominated by Australia, and outright victory was secured on 29 July at Chelmsford with a 93-run win in the first T20I of the tour. The match was notable for Lanning’s innings of 133 not out of 63 balls, making it the second time she had set a new record for highest individual total in women’s T20Is.
Lanning played two key innings for Australia at the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup. The first occurred in a group stage victory over Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground, during which she scored 41 not out and formed a 95-run partnership with Rachael Haynes. The match, which saw Australia recover from 3/10 to chase down a target of 123 with three balls remaining, was Lanning’s 100th T20I appearance. Her second notable performance of the tournament took place in the semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. She made 49 not out in a rain-affected encounter to help defeat South Africa by five runs (via the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method). Lanning’s team went on to defeat India in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by 85 runs, consequently placing her alongside Lyn Larsen and Michael Clarke as the only Australian cricketers to captain a World Cup title win on home soil.