Lanning Coy returns when available to tour India

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Lanning Coy returns when available to tour India – Gudstory

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Australia captain Meg Lanning is confident she has more good cricket to come but has refused to rely on her availability for the upcoming tour of India.

After missing England’s Ashes squad earlier this year due to health concerns, Lanning returned to action ahead of the Melbourne Stars’ WBBL campaign. The 31-year-old declined to provide details of her second extended break from the game in the past two years.

Lanning missed Australia’s recent home series against the West Indies but could head to India for a historic day-night Test in Mumbai in December.

“I didn’t think that far ahead [about India]Lanning said Tuesday in her first media appearance in more than six months.

“I’m back playing some cricket, which is nice.

“I’m really enjoying it, and I still feel like I have more to offer, but what exactly that looks like, I’m not sure.”

As for returning to captain Australia, Lanning said she “hasn’t really gotten that far.”

“I’m just worried about the next two weeks with the stars,” she said.

Lanning admitted she barely watched any of the Ashes as Alyssa Healy led Australia as they kept the urn in England courtesy of a drawn series.

She put the bat away after completing the inaugural Women’s League with Delhi Capitals in March.

“I haven’t hit for a fairly long time,” Lanning said.

“Maybe I needed to head to the WNCL a little bit.

“But I’ve played a lot of cricket over the years, so I feel the skill set is there.

“It’s just about getting into a confident position and feeling comfortable in my mind that I can go out and play. I feel like I’m in that position now.”

Lanning initially took a break from cricket last year after Australia won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and returned for the home series against Pakistan in January.

She led Australia to the Twenty20 World Cup title in South Africa in February, before taking time off again on the eve of the Ashes for medical reasons.

Lanning’s Stars will open the WBBL season with a match against the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on Thursday night.


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