NEWS: Lanning Out For A Season… Including The Ashes

Southern Stars skipper Meg “Megastar” Lanning will miss the entire Australian season, including the Women’s Ashes this October/ November, after having undergone an operation on her right shoulder.

The shoulder troubled Lanning throughout the recent World Cup, and it was clearly only a matter when, not if, she had the surgery.

Team physio Kate Mahony said:

“Meg underwent surgery earlier this week and we expect that she will require a long rehabilitation period of 6-8 months.”

It will be interesting to see who captain’s Australia during the Ashes – Alex Blackwell, the official vice-captain, was overlooked when Lanning sat out of a couple of games at the World Cup, in favour of Rachael Haynes, even though Haynes can’t hold a place in the side on merit – the only matches she played were the ones she captained.

Coach Matthew Mott said at the time that Haynes was “a captain of the future” but she is 30 – 5 years older than Lanning – so that would presumably be a future where Cricket Australia have invented a time machine!

The more prosaic truth seems to be that Blackwell has fallen out of favour and Mott didn’t want to create a “line of succession” or cause ill-feeling between the younger players by nominating one over another; but that might now be a call circumstances will force him to take.

3 thoughts on “NEWS: Lanning Out For A Season… Including The Ashes

  1. A big blow for Australia, undoubtedly. No team can lose its best player without some adverse effects. That said, we have seen from England in the last year that it can lead to others “stepping up” and assuming the mantle.

    The biggest question may be the effect on Ellyse Perry. With Lanning she has often carried the Aussie batting in recent years. If others can’t fill the void will the pressure on her become too much. For me, there are already signs that what you might call “natural wear and tear” has eroded her effectiveness, albeit more so as a bowler perhaps. I wonder if having been the Golden Girl for so long now is starting to become a bit of a treadmill to her?

    The captaincy is less of an issue to my mind. There are enough experienced players in the Aussie squad to cope, whoever the nominated skipper is.


  2. How can Blackwell have fallen out of favour?! One of the best players and she’d be ideal for the job! But I’m sure anyone else like Perry would probably do well too. Mott talks some nonsense to the media which doesn’t reflect what actually happens behind the scenes, I know that much.


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