Meg Lanning joins Perth Scorchers in WBBL

 . Last updated on September 1, 2017, 6:27 PM
Meg Lanning joins Perth Scorchers in WBBL
Lanning was the captain of Melbourne Stars. She signed with Perth Scorchers for three seasons.


Australia Women skipper Meg Lanning recently joined Perth Scorchers for the upcoming Women's Big Bash League. Formerly, she was the captain of Melbourne Stars since two seasons of the tournament. As reported by Cricket Australia, the Scorchers has signed the skipper for the next three seasons. Per Lanning, her new team has a "strong core of experienced and up-and-coming players." She said it is an exciting opportunity to join the group. In the previous season, Perth Scorchers was one of the finalists. Scorchers boosted its profile with Lanning on board. Another top cricketer Suzie Bates is also in the squad.

Meg Lanning was injured in the recently concluded Women World Cup. She is dropped from the team at present. She said it is frustrating to be ruled out of the summer season, adding, she is looking forward be with the team. Lanning is out from the Women Ashes series as well as other tournaments due to the injury. The star cricketer will undergo surgery of her elbow and it would take months for recovery. However, she will be ready to contribute to her team both on and off field before kick starting Women BBL. Lanning was the highest run getter in previous two seasons of WBBL. In 2015-16, she scored 560 runs and in 2016-17, she aggregated 502 runs.

Her teammate Suzie Bates, who is also with Scorchers is currently playing Women's Super League in England. She plays for Southern Vipers being the top scorer of the tournament so far with 239 runs. Her average is 119.50 in five matches. She has been the top striker for Scorchers. With Lanning, the duo could bring a strong prospect for the team in the upcoming season. Lanning is known for her aggressive batting. In 2015, she was named Wisden's inaugural Leading Female Cricketer of the year. She is one of the top women cricketers in the world.

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