Lan­ning cricket’s anony­mous su­per­star

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

IF MEG Lan­ning gets off the mark in Aus­tralia’s World Cup semi- fi­nal against In­dia tonight, she will reach 3000 ODI runs.

Pro­vid­ing she doesn’t chalk up a dreaded duck, she will hit the mile­stone from 63 matches and with a strike rate of 95.81. The feat in­cludes 11 cen­turies and as many 50s, but there could very well be one more by the end of the up­com­ing in­nings, such is her pro­lific na­ture.

She will be the sec­ond fastest crick­eter to reach the mark be­hind Hashim Amla and has done it in just six and a half years.

But Lan­ning could walk down the street in Aus­tralia and barely turn a head. One of the great­est crick­eters in the world right now enjoys a low pro­file, even in her home coun­try, and a coun­try that she cap­tains.

“If she were a man, if she was in a dif­fer­ent coun­try, if she was an In­dian man, it would be com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” former Aus­tralian crick­eter and now com­men­ta­tor Mel Jones said.

At 25, Lan­ning has al­ready earned nearly ev­ery hon­our. This World Cup is the only ti­tle she hasn’t won as cap­tain.

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