Meg is positively inspiring, even to opponents
MELBOURNE Stars skipper Meg Lanning is in the kind of form that suggests today at the MCG could be her biggest bash of the summer.
With scores this week of 50 off 42 balls and 97 not out off 72, which included 11 fours and three sixes, Lanning’s heroics were overshadowed only by record-breaking New Zealander Sophie Devine, who posted the first century of WBBL02 off 48 balls.
While Melbourne Rene- gades coach Lachlan Stevens knows Lanning is capable of breaking his young team today, he also sees a positive.
“When you come up against these players and you see how good they are and how dynamic they are and see where they’ve taken the game, it’s great for you as a player because you get an immediate understanding of what you need to be,” Stevens said.
Australian coach Matthew Mott said last week that cricket didn’t realise how lucky it was to have Lanning.
“She’s genuinely a once in a generation batter,” Mott said.
“She should be an extremely great role model for this next generation now that gets to play alongside her and against her.”
Lanning’s wicket is crucial to a Renegades upset, but just how to capture it is the toughest question.
“I think the best way to get Meg out sometimes is to run her out,” Stevens said.
“She’s just a wonderful player. There’s sides all around the world who have had that conversation that many times.
“I’m sure people have talk- ed until they can’t talk any more about how to get Meg Lanning out. There’s so many theories and so many ideas and none of them have worked because she’s just a wonderful cricket player.”
Stevens hopes the young Renegades will create an opportunity and pounce.
“We’re going to come up against Meg and other very, very good players in the Stars who can bat around her,” he said.